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Coach Chot Reyes steps down as head coach of national team

Coach Chot Reyes
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Coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes announced that he has resigned as head coach of the Philippine national men’s basketball team, thru a post in his Twitter account on Monday, September 11.

Reyes believes that he should step down since the Philippine Basketball Association ‘has opened its doors fully to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the national team.

The Five-time PBA Coach-of-the-Year added that he will be contributing in a different capacity, and will focus on the 2023 FIBA World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the Philippines with Japan and Indonesia.

“Now that the PBA has opened its doors fully to the SBP and the national team, it is time for me to step aside and contribute in a different capacity, focusing on the 2023 program,” Reyes said in his statement.

According to Reyes, he left retirement on October 2016 to coach the national team due to the request and his trust of SBP Chairperson Emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan and since it gave him another opportunity to serve the country.

Previously, reports said that Pangilinan hinted that coach Joseller ‘Yeng’ Guiao could permanently replace Reyes due to the former’s efforts in preparing the national team for the recently finished 2018 Asian Games.

Guiao was named as interim head coach for the Asian Games and the fourth window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers after Reyes received sanctions from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on July.

FIBA imposed a one game suspension for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, and a fine of 10,000 swiss francs to Reyes due to the controversial in-game brawl between the Philippine team and the Australian team.

Meanwhile, Reyes, who was also the head coach of the national team from 2013 to 2014, assured that he will continue to support the national team, currently, under Guiao.

Together with all the players and coaches who have sacrificed and put their careers on the line for flag and country, we wish coach Yeng and the current team great success, as they continue the World Cup journey,” Reyes said.

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