With coach Tab Baldwin starting to lift the expectations higher from his players, Gilas Pilipinas mainstay point guard Jayson Castro admitted they were not able to execute well on their Sunday morning practice — enough for the playmakers’ group to take an extra talk with their mentors.
Though the session appeared to be in lighter mood with 11 players in attendance, Baldwin, alongside assistant coaches Norman Black and Jong Uichico, had to sit down and discuss something closely with Castro, Terrence Romeo and cadet Kiefer Ravena at the end of the practice.
“Regarding sa practice namin and yung role namin,” disclosed Castro on what Baldwin told them after the practice.
The 2-time best point guard in Asia said that their coach was disappointed with how they are running the floor at this stage of their preparation for the Olympic qualifier which will kick off in July.
“At least honest sya sa amin na disappointed sya. Next practice, dapat ma-improve yung execution at ma-correct yung nga mistake namin,” he said.
As one of the veterans in international play for the squad, ‘The Blur’ promised to step up in taking the leadership role for the Gilas 4.0.
“Kailangan kong di lang focus, but also involve yung teammates ko kung ano yung mga ginagawa, sabihan sila kasi medyo masama yung execution namin kanina,” he added.
For Baldwin, though, the additional mentoring on the three guards was for their roles’ definition.
“We got point guards who are great scorers, great individual players but they have a job to the team, and we are just trying to help understand and reinforce that role.” – By Jason Mercene
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