NEWLY APPOINTED Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin will start forming his coaching staff and national pool of players in January through the cooperation of professional and collegiate basketball coaches from all over the Philippines.
Baldwin, 56, who was also a former national coach of the New Zealand team did not give any specific goal for Gilas Pilipinas but vowed to work harder in 2015 to increase the country’s chance of joining the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I don’t like to make any assurance or set any goal just yet. All I can say right now is that we’re going to do our best and work very hard,” Baldwin, the current team consultant of Talk ‘N Text in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), told The Manila Times.
“My first agenda is to consult all coaches in the PBA or in the professional rank and collegiate amateur rank to form the coaching staff and create the national pool which is composed of many players. From that pool, we will select 12 to 14 players for the national team.”
Baldwin said that he wants to focus on new goals instead of remembering Gilas’ dismal performance in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Madrid, Spain and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea under its former mentor Chot Reyes.
“There were tremendous factors that influenced the team’s performance during those tournaments and I can’t make any comment on that because we buried that experience to death,” added Baldwin. “I was a part of it. All I can say is it’s time to move on.”