SBP targets N. America training centers

By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines?A basketball training center for foreigners with Filipino roots will soon rise in Las Vegas.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is negotiating with Toronto Raptors executive Jim Kelly and Loy Allado so it can put up a training facility for US-based Filipinos wanting to play for the national team.

?Our target is to put up the training center early next year,? said SBP executive director Noli Eala. ?There are a lot of player prospects in the US so we?re bringing the SBP program there.?

Eala said another training facility will be established in Toronto, Canada for North America-based Filipinos.

Eala said the training centers hope to lure more players with Philippine lineage to shoot for a chance to represent the country in international competitions.

?It?s cheaper and saves time since the SBP will no longer bring the players here,? added Eala.

The US-based Allado, father of Talk ?N Text slotman Don Allado in the PBA, has offered to help put up the training center while Kelly, the Raptors? director for player personnel, is busy exploring the possibility of running the SBP program in Las Vegas and Toronto.

Eala said the two overseas training facilities go hand in hand with the SBP plan to hire a Serbian coach to head the national team program.

The SBP is trying to clinch a deal with Rajko Toroman, who coached the Iranians to the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship title in Tokushima, Japan and a return trip to the Olympics this year after 60 years.

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