Saturday, September 27, 2008


Not Yet Final. Guiao's Wish List

Team Pilipinas previous games highlights

Here are some of the players Coach Yeng is seriously considering to include in the national team:

Mark Caguioa
Jayjay Helterbrand
Jimmy Alapag
Kelly Williams
Gabe Norwood
Willie Miller
James Yap
Cyrus Baguio
Ryan Reyes
Japeth Aguilar
Asi Taulava
Mick Pennisi
PLUS a naturalized player

Only one naturalized player is allowed per team (FIBA rules).

So far the reaction from fans (Philstar comments section and interbasket) was lukewarm esp. on Taulava and Pennisi because of their ages (35 and 33 years old respectively). Like most Team Pilipinas fans, I'm wondering when will the powers-that-be in Philippine basketball use Gregory Slaughter (the real big man from Cebu)? I think the guy needs to get the experience now. How about that super rookie Ryan Buenafe? I agree with most fans' assessment that our team's a bit old.

According to the Philstar report, Coach Yeng will finalize the line-up after the PBA Philippine Cup (however the pool will already be in place before the said tournament will end).

There are bound to be changes in the line up as this is not final yet. I do hope Coach Yeng bring along Arwind Santos and Lourdy Tugade.

By the way, since there are no reports to the contrary it must mean Coach Yeng Guiao is still the coach of Red Bull. What? I thought lessons were already learned about hiring a part-time national coach. Oh well...

When are they going to start training? We all know time is of the essence.

"We’ll begin once I realize that this is not a dream," Guiao said in an interview with GMA News.

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