In the wake of the Gilas Pilipinas (RP Men’s Basketball team) loss to Lebanon in the FIBA Asia Cup 2022 in Indonesia, Filipino fans were up in arms in social media calling for Coach Chot Reyes’s resignation immediately.
Sportswriter and TV host Snow Badua joined fans in expressing his dismay at Coach Chot Reyes on social media via an open letter.
In the open letter, Badua began by telling Coach Chot to stop making excuses after the Lebanon loss because Gilas Pilipinas was expected to win over Lebanon by simply looking at our ranking versus Lebanon.
Badua clarified he was not saying Coach Chot isn’t up to the job to handle Gilas Pilipinas but because of the many heartbreaks of Pinoy basketball fans suffered recently, Badua noted that the confidence of Filipinos fans on the team is waning and warned Coach Chot not to wait for it to reach rock bottom.
Badua urged Coach Chot to be sensitive and Filipino basketball fans want to try other coaches. He said last year the Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team fared well in international tournaments.
You may now read Snow Badua’s open letter to Coach Chot Reyes below.
Dear coach Chot,
Wag nyo po sabihing learning process pa rin yung laro kagabi. Di naman po kami grade 1.
We were supposed to win that game, 54 sila sa Fiba, 33 tayo.
World Cup na po next year, nag-aaral pa rin tayo?
Di ko po sinasabing hindi ninyo kaya dyan, pero ang dami nang heartbreaks ng mga Pinoy fans. Unti-unti nang nauubos ang confidence nila sa team, wag nyong hayaang masaed pa yun.
Sa PBA po okay lang kayo ang masunod sa takbo, sistema at tao ng team nyo KASI TNT LANG YUN. Dyan po sa Gilas, dala nyo ang Pilipinas.
May karapatan ang bawat Pilipino na makialam sa team na yan.
Minsan po kaunting pakiramdam naman. Gusto naman naming subukan ang iba. Last year lang nung iba, maganda pa ang takbo nyan.
Wag po kayong magalit, may sukatan lang kasi kami na binabatayan, malayong-malayo po ito sa tinatakbo ngayon ng pambansang koponan.
Source: Snow Badua