First of all, let me just say that that we're so proud of the 4th place finish of the current Philippine National Basketball team, Smart-Gilas at the recently concluded FIBA-Asia Championships. It's been a long time since we accomplished this much in Asian basketball. According to basketball historians, the best finish we had at FIBA in recent years was in 1987. With the help of a foreign coach, the basketball program has definitely achieved something great today!
But having said that, I'd like to remind everyone — especially those who've been saying that foreign coaches are better than Filipinos — that back in 1990, the All-Filipino (no naturalized) PBA dream team composed of Chito Loyzaga, Mon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, Samboy Lim, Ronnie Magsanoc, Benjie Paras, Franz Pumaren, Hector Calma, Yves Dignadice, Paul Alvarez, Allan Caidic and Jerry Codinera and a coaching staff headed by the Living Legend himself, Robert Jaworski — finished 2nd place in the Asian Games. We made it to the top and played against China. It's not FIBA, but hey, the opponents are the same.
So, people, let's stop the Pinoy vs. non-Pinoy coaching debate-non-sense. Let's celebrate our current achievements, as well as the past.
As a sports addict back in my childhood, I can still remember the excitement those times have created. Here's a clip — the best that I can find at YouTube — of that great days of Philippine basketball. This is mostly of Samboy Lim. Enjoy, nonetheless.