RETURNING TnT Tropang Giga coach Chot Reyes hopes to get the best out of the team's young talent the way he did when the likes of Jimmy Alapag, Ranidel De Ocampo, and Larry Fonacier were with him during his first tour of duty with the franchise.
Reyes is looking forward working with Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Bobby Ray Parks, Kib Montalbo, and Poy Erram as he takes over a talent-laden TnT side that fell short of winning the Philippine Cup championship inside the Clark bubble last season.
The 57-year-old coach has had the chance to handle Pogoy, Rosario, and even Parks during his time with Gilas Pilipinas, but will be teaming up with them for the first time in the pro league.
The only five-time recipient of the PBA Press Corps Coach of the Year award already briefly met the players and coaching staff when he was formally introduced by management as the new mentor of the Tropang Giga.
"I'm here to get the best Pogoy, to get the best Troy Rosario, to get the best RayRay Parks, and then when they get together, to get the best TnT team," said Reyes in former PBA Commissioner Noli Eala's weekly radio program Power&Play.
Reyes won four championships with the Tropang Giga during his four-year stint with the team from 2008 to 2012, where he had Alapag, De Ocampo, Jayson Castro, Ryan Reyes, Fonacier, Kelly Williams, Ali Peek, Harvey Carey, and Jared Dillinger making up the core of the franchise.
Of those players, only Castro and Reyes remain with the team, which continues to stack up on youth and talent by signing up for the free agent list big man Dave Marcelo, two-way guard Glenn Khobuntin, and defensive whiz Ping Exciminiano.
Reyes is thrilled seeing how this bunch of talent will pan out under his watch in the same manner Alapag and Co. did almost a decade ago.
"These are the guys that make the job more challenging. Ok let's see what makes these guys tick and then can we get them all together to make the whole perform greater than the sum of their parts," said Reyes.
"In the end that's the job of a coach, to build a team where the whole performs greater than the sum of their parts." (RG)