In a recent interview, veteran basketball coach Yeng Guiao called on Philippine basketball authorities to embrace change in order to regain the country’s competitive edge in Asia.
Guiao, who has won several championships in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), pointed to the declining performance of Philippine teams in recent international tournaments as evidence of the need for change.
“We are not keeping up with the trends in basketball,” Guiao said. “We need to be more modern in our approach to the game.”
Guiao specifically mentioned the need to embrace diversity in player recruitment, revamp coaching strategies and grassroots programs, and harmonize rules with international standards.
“We need to open up our doors to players of mixed heritage,” Guiao said. “We also need to train our coaches in modern basketball techniques. And we need to make sure that our rules are aligned with international standards.”
Guiao also stressed the importance of personal growth and continuous learning for coaches and players.
“The game is constantly evolving,” Guiao said. “We need to be willing to adapt and learn new things if we want to be successful.”
Guiao’s comments come at a time when Philippine basketball is at a crossroads. The country has a rich history in the sport, but it has struggled to compete with other Asian powerhouses in recent years.
If Philippine basketball is to regain its former glory, it will need to embrace the changes that Guiao has outlined. By doing so, the country can chart a path to a brighter future for its national sport.