GORDON Hayward of the Utah Jazz believes that speed and shooting would be the potent weapons of Gilas Pilipinas when they compete in the forthcoming 2014 Federation International des Basketball (FIBA) World Cup in Spain in August.
“Filipino cagers are fast, they have a lot of speed and shooting. I think they have to use that to their advantage,” said Hayward, who will be the guest of the Jr. National Basketball Association All-Star Alumni Game on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. Howard visited the Philippines with Women’s National Basketball Association star Tina Thompson.
Hayward, a 24-year-old, 6’8 forward of the American team that won the gold medal in the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship, also advised Chot Reyes’ squad to enjoy playing in the FIBA World Cup, saying it’s a rare opportunity, extremely exciting and very challenging.
“Being in the World Cup is exciting. Playing against the best in the world is a rare opportunity and very challenging. I think, they have to enjoy it and play with their best,” Hayward added.