Latest Stories

Smart Gilas gets practice time for Fiba Asia with shortened PBA Governor’s Cup


SMART Gilas-Pilipinas’ tower of power Marcus Douthit. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – With players tied up with responsibilities to their mother teams, time has always been an issue when it comes to the national team.

But the PBA is willing to give way and tweak its schedule to give Smart Gilas Pilipinas ample time to prepare for the Fiba-Asia Championships in August, which the country will also host.

Starting with making the PBA Governors’ Cup conference, which was originally scheduled from May 12 until July 28, even shorter than it already is.

“The schedule was already compressed by the PBA after consultation with the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) and national team leaders (before),” Salud explained. But now it turns out that the Fiba-Asia tournament will start in August 1 and our July 28 ending will seem to be impractical.”

“We will shorten the third conference,” said Salud, also saying that it’s impossible to shorten the upcoming second conference, which starts on February 8.

“It’s out of the question. We’ve already contracted venues and already come out with the schedule,” said Salud.

When it comes to the training camp, Salud plans to talk to national head coach Chot Reyes to iron out the details regarding the regular practice dates – especially when the PBA season is on-going.

Salud also wants to know Reyes’ plans for the team when it comes to international competitions as part of the build up for the Nationals.

“I have been given authority by the board to sit down with (Reyes) to tresh out the final schedule of practices,” said Salud. “He will choose within the parameters and the guidelines that have been laid down by the board of governors as per the instructions of the team owners.”

“I want to know which tournaments he wants to join and see if it is viable and feasible as against the revised third conference schedule,” Salud added.

But if a national team player belongs to a team that has been eliminated early in the competition, “that player can practice more regularly,” Salud cleared.

The PBA also proposed each team in the league to lend at least a player to Smart Gilas Pilipinas, in accordance to what the national team needs

“If there are teams willing to lend more than one player, go ahead. And if in the judgement of the coach of the national team that he doesn’t need any player from any team, then so be it.”

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Basketball , FIBA Asia , PBA Governor's Cup , Smart Gilas , Sports

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • 22 houses destroyed, 3 hurt as violent wind storm hits village
  • 242 out of 438 pass board tests for chemical engineers
  • Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  • 5 OFWs from Negros quarantined for MERS-CoV tests
  • Release of village chief’s truck caught carrying illegal logs slammed
  • Sports

  • Jackson finds second wind to push Meralco past Rain or Shine
  • NLEX fights off Derulo Accelero to remain unbeaten
  • Mayweather diehard Bieber eats pride, poses with Pacquiao for photo op
  • Power Pinays rip Singapore to enter quarters in Asian volley tilt
  • PBA D-League: Waves edge skidding Superchargers
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • Arrest warrants out vs. Deniece Cornejo, Cedric Lee, et al over serious illegal detention
  • Lindsay Lohan says she had a miscarriage
  • Discovery network cancels Everest jump
  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Business

  • Oil prices to go up on supply concerns, optimism on US rebound
  • Century Pacific Food sets IPO price at P13.75 per share
  • Oil prices down in quiet Asian trade
  • Asian shares mixed in holiday-thinned trade
  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Technology

  • PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  • Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary
  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • QC woman who flew in from Middle East tests negative for MERS-CoV
  • DFA, DOH urge OFWs not to panic over MERS-Cov
  • Balikatan could spoil peace talks, says militant group
  • DFA officers hold workshop on aiding human traffic victims
  • Canada in communication with PH on toxic wastes
  • Marketplace