- Balwin is concerned over clips of Gilas Pilipinas doing their set plays uploaded on social media sites
- He said the team will be having closed-door practices starting May 30
- He said it’s time to restrict the flow of information of the practices
MANILA, Philippines – Amid concern over clips of Gilas Pilipinas doing their set plays that found their way to social media sites, coach Tab Baldwin announced that the national basketball team will no longer open its practices to the public starting on Monday, May 30.
Spin.ph quoted the American-Kiwi coach as telling the members of the press after the team practice on Sunday, May 29: “Starting tomorrow (Monday), all practices at the Meralco Gym will be closed to the public. For the media, we will have pre-practice and post-practice interview sessions.
I’ll be honest with you guys, a lot of videos are showing up on Twitter of pieces of our practices, whether they come from the media or whether they come from people sitting on the stands.”
Baldwin emphasized the importance of having closed-door practices in preparation for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments this July.
“It’s time now that we got our team together. It’s time to restrict the flow of information of our practices. It’s always going to happen and that time has arrived,” he said.
He disclosed that there will be a practice that they open to the public, but it won’t be a systems practice, it will be more on shooting.
“Hope everybody understands. Our position is to build a team that will be successful in representing the country and we have to do it as intelligently as possible,” he added.
A total of 18 teams will be joining the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments and they have been divided into three groups.
The tournaments are set to run from July 5 to 10 and only the winners of each of the groupings will qualify for the Rio Olympic Games.