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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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  • tumbalibantuta

    Mag practice ka na lang maging goalie ng soccer, sa tingin ko ay mas magaling ka dun.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KZYUJY2URJQY7UHGYY2MVGREKU kalium

    japeth likes to play against foreign players, i think this is his desire. japeth should play in asian basketball league, im sure san miguel and phil. patriot will get him. im very sure also other asian teams will get him, look at the other asian teams, almost all has fil-ams, fil-brit, fil-italian,etc.pure  pinoys. i hope this message will reach japeth.

  • RobinsonRaven44

    sabagay di naman masama ang mangarap malay natin makakarating din sya dun sa NBA, pero habang hinihintay mo yan Japeth pwede ba maglaro ka na lang muna dito, wag mong sabihing pipitsugin lang ang FIBA Asia games, e worldclass na rin ang kompetisyong ito, pag nagkataon makapasok ang Pilipinas sa World Basketball or Olympic, dun mo na lang ipakita ang gilas mong maglaro ng basketball malamang makakalaro mo rin ang team USA, makita ka nilang may potensyal ka nga, aba e, walang duda iimbitahan ka ulit dun sa NBA. 

  • jayemdee_412

    There is nothing wrong for Japeth Aguilar to dream of playing in the premier basketball league in the world – the NBA. However, much as his desire to be drafted even in the D-League of NBA, it is sad to say that  his talent is not enough to be considered by any development team because there are far more talented U.S. players than he is competing with. Yes, it would be wise for Aguilar to go back to the PBA and play for other teams willing to hire his services and show the stuff he is made of. When he was first drafted in the PBA there was much excitement that he will dominate and be a franchise player but sad to say he didn’t live up to his billing. Now is the right time to prove that he is above the rest of the PBA players as he is not getting any younger.GO HOME now, Japeth Aguilar.

    • Arvie Witherspoon

      Bakit ang taiwan nagkaroon ng player sa NBA sa katauhan ni Lin di – naman sila mas magaling sa manlalarong Filipino sa larangan ng basketbol . Kakaunti pa ang population ng taiwan nakapag – produce ng isang Taiwanese sa NBA , samantalang ang Pilipinas ay halos 100 milyon na ang population . At napakatagal na ng sikat ang basketbol sa atin panahon pa ni Loyzaga 1950′s pa pero hindi tayo nakapag – produce ng player sa NBA

  • archerfan

    eh sila chot rin naman nagpalaki ng ulo nitong si japet eh.  nahuli peke papel sa ateneo, ginastusan nila mvp at alumni para makalaro kuno sa kentucky team c/d at wag mapahiya dito. tapos nag propaganda sila na kesyo malakas daw nung gusto na nila ibalik so ayun, pati sarili nya nabola at nabilib sa sarili.  ngayun aamuin mo kasi walang gusto maglaro sayo kasi binababoy mo pag di taga ateneo.  manigas ka chot!

  • kentjohn

    huwag e bangko para maglaro sa tnt ..paano maging matatag kng binabangko mo.umiskor naman,chot wla klang tiwala,ngayon hinahanp muna,,tapos bangko na nman

  • http://twitter.com/KarloSevilla Karlo Sevilla

    Chot Reyes should not have resorted to Twitter in convincing Aguilar to get back and play here, especially with that patronizing tone. I think the message and the medium were less than appropriate (may pangungutya at pagka-showbiz, eh). I think Aguilar will react by sticking to his guns and finding his place anywhere else but here, just to prove Coach Chot wrong…until his financial, er, needs eventually drive him back here. (In case he doesn’t really go far anywhere else.)

  • http://twitter.com/Muwu Mark Philip Wu

    Sure, go ahead and chase your dream to play in a US league, but if you weren’t able to do it in college, aren’t able to even make a d-league team, consider that maybe you’re just not there yet physically or talent-wise. 

    I mean, we aren’t even talking about the NBA here, d-league is a minors league and he can’t even be anything more than a practice player there. Japeth is never ever stepping foot in the NBA, he’ll be lucky to even be in the d-league. He has no future there. It’s good to dream, but you have to know what’s realistic and what’s not

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W74GUWRQ74EH7VZQN6D5WOE6XM Michael

    Dito ka na, tama na yang pagpapantasya mong makapasok sa NBDL, palagyan ka muna ng basketball IQ , di pwede lakas lakas talon talon lang, daming magagaling na ganyan sa US, di ka espesyal dyan, dito lang sa pinas. Hindi totoo sinasabi sa iyo ng magulang mo Japeth haha! di ka espesyal dyan, kaya ka hindi pinapasok ni Coach Rajko kasi panira ka sa mga play di  mo pa alam kung saan ka lulugar haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/ruben.catada Ruben Catada

    Why don’t we just ban Japeth from Philippine basketball? It is clear that he feels too good to play for the Philippines or any  local team.

    • Wilfredo Andaluz

      Talaga lang sigurong pangarap ni Japeth na makarating sa NBA kaya nagtitiyaga siya roon sa US na mamalagi . May kasabihan nga kung may tiyaga may nilaga . Huwag na lang guluhin ang isip ni Japeth at makakaapekto pa ito sa paglalaro niya at sa pangarap niyang makarating sa NBA kapag dumating ang tamang pagkakataon .

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