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Baldwin says coach alone can’t solve Gilas woes

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Gilas Pilipinas’ horrid run in the 2019 Fiba World Cup showed how far the Philippines need to catch up in order to compete against the world’s best.

This is after the national team lost all five games by an average of 29.4 points.

Former Gilas head coach Tab Baldwin admitted that replacing the one calling the shots alone won’t be the solution to Team Philippines’ woes.

“The coach can’t solve the problem, changing the players can’t solve problems, or just developing a program and not looking at anything else can’t solve the problem,” Baldwin said when asked about the growing clamor for his return to the Gilas job.

“I think that it is virtually a scientific process and it’s inexact, so that’s contradictory in saying that. But there are people around that should be involved in this discussion and I think that everything has to be considered. I think it is a very, very complex decision that should involve vested, high-quality basketball minds in this country.”

Baldwin has served a coach for the national teams of Malaysia, New Zealand, Lebanon, and Jordan before going to the Philippines, first as a consulant, and eventually as the head coach of Gilas.

He led the Philippines to a Silver medal finish in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championships.