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PHI - Romero vows to restore Philippines' pride
MANILA (Southeast Asia Basketball Association Champions Cup) - Mike Romero has pledged to "bring back the glory" when he leads the Philippines in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association Champions Cup next week.
Romero's team - formed entirely of domestically-based players - will be the first Philippine side to compete internationally since FIBA lifted a suspension on the country in February of this year.
Basketball is the most popular game in the country, and Romero knows all eyes will be on his team.
"Let's bring back the glory," he said.
"This is the first Philippine team that will compete internationally since the FIBA suspension.
"And there is pressure because 87 million Filipinos are expecting no less than the championship."
Romero has won back-to-back titles with Harbour Centre in the Philippines Basketball League, but said nothing would compare to his new task, which is to steer the national team to an international crown.
"I consider this the biggest challenge of my life - winning for our country," he said of the coming tournament, which also serves as a qualifier for the FIBA Asia Champions Cup.
If the Philippines qualify, the all-pro team being coached and handled by Chot Reyes will take the place of the PBL selection, which is looking at two of Julius Nwosu, Jessie King and Sam Ekwe as their allowed import quota.
President Manny Pangilinan made a rare appearance as the team was unveiled at the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum and was just as optimistic as Romero.
He said: "I'm quite excited - it's very important for us to win the championship if only to signal the return of the Philippines in international competition.
"There's no option but to win."
Pangilinan admits he doesn't expect the title to come on a silver platter since all the competing countries are allowed to field as many as two imports, mostly Americans.
He added: "Will the games be a blow-out?
"It will be difficult because each of the other teams are also allowed to field imports, like Thailand and Malaysia.
"We have to be vigilant with what these teams will be doing."
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS 2008
I vote for my home country. But the way I see it, this group is unpredictable. Saints13 is right, it can go either way. Being unpredictable makes it a lot more exciting. That is why I am so excited to watch this games..
Yeng Guiao: Neither the 3 year program or coach Rajko was the factor for the success of Smart-Gilas.
Tab Baldwin: He’s [Rajko] the big reason, maybe the biggest reason they got as far as they did.
just what other pinoy posters said....I hope the poll here would also be the result of our group in FIBA..
I think jordan team has a historical chance
to have a birth in the olympics next year, by being
in the first 4 rankings in this cup.
they have almost complete team eqiupped with players
at a high level of experience and skill (esp. Alkhas and douglas) and a very
professional coach (portuguese Mario Palma) who guided angola to the olympics and will try to repeat it with the jordan team.
i think jordan have a great chance to qualify from this year and get a
for the second team i think it will be the philipines.