SMC gives a hand to SBP as a sign of solidarity
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Among the important decisions made by the basketball federation on Tuesday at the PLDT headquarters in Makati was the selection of Chua as president.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, who is among the SBP’s stakeholders, announced the employment of Chua, whose involvement in the national team’s affairs is mostly that of an active consultant.
“Malaki ang role niya sa Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. So malaking tulong, “Governor of Barangay Ginebra Marcial stated.
Chua initiated the process by recommending to Gilas Pilipinas coach and project director Chot Reyes. The players chosen to the national team pool for the upcoming window of FIBA World Cup qualifiers. They will begin training every Monday.
Gusto niya yung practice (ng Gilas) every Monday na. Pero pag-uusapan pa rin kung paano.”
Chot Reyes welcomes Chua’s addition to the national team, noting that he has been in close contact with the SMC athletic director.
The national team coach said, “I wholeheartedly embrace it; we’re all-inclusive.”
We welcome all the support and assistance we can get.
Marcial emphasized that Reyes retains ultimate authority over all Gilas and national team concerns.
“Ang masusunod pa rin naman (si Chot). Magbibigay lang siya ng advise (Chua). Tingin ko hindi naman magkaka-problema,” added the commissioner.
The gesture of support for the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is a significant signal of togetherness throughout the Philippine basketball community. This relationship between a big enterprise and the Philippine basketball governing body shows a dedication to the sport and the possibility for good change and progress in the local basketball environment. As the SMC-SBP cooperation develops, it has the prospect of further elevating Philippine basketball on national and international platforms.
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