A veteran floor general is ready to pay it forward.
Three-time PBA champion Chico Lanete has been tapped by Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 as a playing assistant coach for its pro teams.
The signing was made Friday afternoon, July 17.
“Having Chico around will be of great help to our players as 3×3 is a game of court awareness,” said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 league owner Ronald Mascariñas.
“Being an undrafted player but still playing 12 years in the PBA should serve as an inspiration to our players as well as Chico proved that hard work trumps all.”
Lanete, 40, will be working alongside coach Eric Altamirano and his staff with the league’s 3 pro teams that compete in the global FIBA 3×3 circuit. He will also help out the national team in its preparations for the 2021 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament that is set for May next year.
“I’ve been wanting to be a coach noong padulo na ng career ko,” shared Lanete. “Nagpapasalamat ako sa Chooks-to-Go for this opportunity na mag-give back sa new generation ng players at sa bagong sport na 3×3.”
(I’ve been wanting to be a coach during the tailend of my playing career. I’d like to thank Chooks-to-Go for this opportunity to give back to a new generation of players in this new 3×3 sport.)
Besides being a coach, Lanete, who is signed with MPBL club Sarangani, will also play in the upcoming 2020 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 league that is eyeing a September return.
“Gusto ko rin siyempre ma-try ‘tong 3×3, kumbaga nasa bucket list ko ito. Alam ko kaya ko pa rin makipagsabayan kahit papano sa mga bata nating players,” said the native of Ormoc City.
(I want to try 3×3, it’s on my bucket list. I know I can still somehow keep up with the younger players.) – Rappler.com