Former Gilas Pilipinas head coach and current Ateneo Blue Eagles mentor Tab Baldwin voiced out his thoughts after the national team’s struggles in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, saying that solving problems should be dealt in a scientific manner.
Gilas lost all of its 5 games in the World Cup, including horrendous blow-outs at the hands of Italy (108-62) and Serbia (126-67).
Baldwin recently spoke to Spin.ph regarding the performance of the national squad, and he mentioned coaching alone will not solve the problems of the national team heading into their next major international tournament.
The American-Kiwi mentor also said many parties should be involved.
“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 coached Gilas to a silver medal in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship (now Cup) and again in 2016 during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila.
Previously, Baldwin coached Jordan and New Zealand, leading them both to World Championship stints.