While steadily progressing in their build-up for the Olympic qualifier, coach Tab Baldwin admitted he is a little bit worried of Gilas Pilipinas’ firepower in the shooting guard position.
Aside from Marcio Lassiter, who remained to miss the national team’s practice due to bronchitis, sharpshooter Jeff Chan and elite defender Ryan Reyes were also hobbling minor injuries that holding them down during scrimmages.
“Marcio is really struggling with bronchitis,” said Baldwin on Lassiter’s health. “We wish him well, he is getting every medical care that he needs, and we wish he will get healthy soon as possible.”
Baldwin hopes they can get the San Miguel sweet shooter on board for their Greece camp next week.
Chan, meanwhile, has remained to be day-to-day when it comes to his groin injury while Reyes is nursing a minor Achilles injury.
Although assuring that nothing of the players’ continuous injury bug will be a problem in the end, Baldwin mulls chemistry as one of its negative side effect.
“But again, integration and chemistry, getting enough practice time to be comfortable and fluid on what we’re doing,”
With reality biting the Gilas’ cause, Baldwin is keeping the faith on the pool that still has the range as guards Jayson Castro, LA Tenorio, and Terrence Romeo all ready to shoot.
Baldwin also sees improvement on Ray Parks’ and Calvin Abueva’s perimeter shooting while Andray Blatche doing extra work as an inside-outside threat.
“We have to find ways to make perimeter shots because I don’t think we’re gonna be a powerful inside team, we’re still gonna be perimeter oriented and transition oriented.” – By Jason Mercene
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