Chot Reyes tweets to Japeth Aguilar: ‘Playing time is earned, not demanded’


Smart Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes

MANILA, Philippines – Smart Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes called out Japeth Aguilar on Twitter Monday.

Reyes expressed his thoughts to Aguilar, who remains undecided on whether he would return to the Philippine Basketball Association or stay overseas to continue his NBA dreams, on the heels of Aguilar’s reported trade demands among other things.

“It’s not good to publicly demand to be traded, especially due to playing time, especially when your team just won the title. This smacks of selfishness,” posted Reyes, who goes by the Twitter handle @coachot.

The six-foot-nine Aguilar was close to playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors, an NBA Developmental League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, but was unable to make its final roster.

Aguilar, selected first overall in the 2009 PBA Draft, last played in the PBA two seasons ago with Talk ‘N Text, which was then handled by Reyes.

Reyes wondered: “If you really want to play, why go to NBA/NBDL? You think you can play a lot there? You played 20 minutes per game in your last all-Filipino stint. This not enough?”

“Son, playing time is earned, not demanded/expected. Wanna play at crunchtime? Work so hard your coach can’t afford to sit you. If he does, work anyway!”

Reyes went on and praised Aguilar, saying that the former Western Kentucky Hilltopper, is ‘the most physically gifted Pinoy baller ever.’

“But why didn’t you play at Western Kentucky? At Gilas? In NBDL? It’s the coaches’ fault? Think about it,” Reyes continued. “I have nothing to gain whatever you decide except I want what’s best for you. Come home son. Make your name here. This is where you belong.”

“So come on, play 8 or 48 minutes, get your ass kicked, dunk on somebody but do it here. And know what ever happens, I will be behind you always.”

Despite Aguilar’s struggles in the PBA, he remains to be a valuable asset with his athleticism, length and potential.

Just last month, Reyes invited the former Ateneo Blue Eagle to join the National team in the Dubai Invitational also in a tweet.

“Since you’re not with any (NBA D-League) team, why not come home, practice with Gilas and play with us in Dubai? I think it will be good for you.”

The 25-year-old Aguilar, who accepted the Santa Cruz Warriors’ offer to be a practice player, replied: “Thanks coach for considering me. I will definitely think about it.”

Talk ‘N Text, which won its third straight Philippine Cup title recently, still hold Aguilar’s playing rights.

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  • wilfredo

    tapos dqurugin mo yan team ni chot..hahaha

  • wilfredo

    lipat ka na lang sa ibang team sa pba, iwan mo na yan Tnt

  • Joel Siobal

    sana si japeth aguilar mapunta nlng sa ginebra para kumpleto n ung bigman ng ginebra at dun cgurado mlaki ang playing time nya bkit ksi ayaw p bitawan ng talk n text e binabangko nman nla c japeth sayang n sayang tlga kung d sya sisikat s pba!!!


    Japeth’s weakness lies not in his basketball IQ but his emotional intelligence (EQ). Hurting pride is the underlying issue in this boy’s subconscious. He doesn’t want to return too early and get jabbed left and right by critics and bullies. But like it or not, this year or next there’s no way he can come back and not face his hecklers. His is a trumpeted story, a once in a lifetime local boy opportunity interrupted, or even lost forever if the cards really are not stacked in his favor. Chot is right, come back son, it’s obvious you haven’t got the outstanding chops to make that NBA cut.

  • raybulate19

    sa pba nga di makapalag yan nba pa kaya?

  • etomacq

    Kulang talaga sa playing time si Jaspeth sa PBA kaya hindi nya makuha kumpyansa nya sa sarili. In fairness to Pumaren, kailangan pa talaga ni Japeth magpursigi sa training. He badly needed a training coach.

  • jesussaints

    magaling naman talagang coach si chot reyes e…ubod lang ng pa-cute at pagka feeling pogi.

  • frudo

    mangaldag ka muna ng mga pro sa pba  gaya ng ginawa nina alvin partrimonio benjie paras at jerry codinera jojo lastimosa. sila yung mga galing sa amatuer na nangaldag ng mga pro sa pba kaya nagkaroon sila ng mahabang playing time at saka sumikat ng husto,  tama nman si reyes  

  • NegaStarr

    Who is Japeth? Is he related to Freddie?

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