Reyes to Japeth: Playing time earned, not demanded
MANILA, Philippines - "It's not good to publicly demand to be traded."
Philippine National Basketball team head coach Chot Reyes offered "fatherly advice" to Japeth Aguilar on Monday, January 21, who publicly demanded a trade from his PBA team, Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters.
Reyes used social networking site Twitter to air his thoughts on a report posted by sports news site Spin.ph that Aguilar, through his agent, said he wanted out of the MVP-owned team Talk 'N Text due to lack of playing time.
Aguilar had been the subject of a trade rumor following his failed attempt to get into the NBA. According to Spin's report, the 26-year-old center wants the trade to happen before he goes back to Manila.
In his tweets, Reyes said Aguilar's actions "smacks of selfishness" and that playing time is earned and not demanded.
1. It's not good to publicly demand to be traded, esp due to playing time, ESP when ur team just won d title. This smacks of selfishness— Chot Reyes (@coachot) January 21, 2013
2. If u really want to play, why go to NBA/NBDL? U think u can play a lot there? U played 20mins/g in ur last AllFil stint.This not enough?— Chot Reyes (@coachot) January 21, 2013
3.Son,playing time is EARNED,not demanded/expected.Wanna play at crunchtime?Work SOHARD ur coach cnt afford 2 sit u. If he does,work anyway!— Chot Reyes (@coachot) January 21, 2013
4. U are d most physically gifted Pinoy baller EVER. But why dint u play at WKentucky? At Gilas? In NBDL? It's d coaches fault?Think bout it— Chot Reyes (@coachot) January 21, 2013
Reyes capped off his "advice" saying he wants what is best for Aguilar and believes that it's for the athletic center to build his basketball career in the Philippines.
5. I have nothing to gain whatever u decide cept I want whats best 4 u.Come home son.Make ur name here.THIS is where u belong #pinoypride— Chot Reyes (@coachot) January 21, 2013
6. So cmon, play 8 or 48 mins, get ur ass kicked, dunk on somebody - but do it HERE. And know whatever happens, I will be behind u always.— Chot Reyes (@coachot) January 21, 2013
Aguilar played under Reyes for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in the 2011-2012 season of the PBA.
He was originally drafted 1st overall in 2009 by the Burger King Whoppers, now the Air21 Express, but played most of 2009 and 2010 for Smart-Gilas Pilipinas. - Rappler.com