Guiao confident Clarkson can catch on to system ahead of China game


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first_imgHead coach Yeng Guiao, assistant coach Caloy Garcia and Gilas player Jordan Clarkson. POOL PHOTOJAKARTA—Yeng Guiao was honest enough to admit that he was surprised at how his rag-tag version of a Gilas Pilipinas crew performed two nights ago.“Who would have expected that,” Guiao asked the Inquirer Friday afternoon on the way to team practice, referring to the 96-59 victory by the Filipinos over Kazakhstan that jumpstarted the Philippine campaign in the 18th Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PH volleyball team to skip Asiad opening rites to focus on Thailand preps Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award What Team Philippines lacks in size against China it will make up for in speed.With Clarkson, Guiao has possibly the best guard rotation in the tournament together with Stanley Pringle and Paul Lee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img “That was farthest from my mind,” he went on as he praised the team he assembled less than two weeks ago for a job that almost blew his mind. “I guess it only goes to show the determination of the players to prove themselves—and more importantly, represent the country well.”WATCH: Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) and Gilas during practice Friday afternoon at the Gor Pukugadung gym. | @musongINQ STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) August 17, 2018 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Guiao said he is having a difficult time getting his system in place as the Philippines—and the other countries as well—is getting just 50 minutes a day to practice, whether this be at the official GBK Baskeball Hall, or at Gor Pulugadung stadium.“As you can see, that’s just what we have,” Guiao said, pointing at the electronic scoreboard at the old gym that started a 50-minute countdown for the Gilas practice.Gilas plays mighty China Tuesday and Guiao is thankful for the break that they have so they could get Jordan Clarkson in the scheme of things. He’s confident that the Cleveland Cavalier in the NBA will catch on to his system very quick.WATCH: Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) and Gilas during practice Friday afternoon at the Gor Pukugadung gym. | @musongINQ— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) August 17, 2018ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “If the others got it right away, someone with his intelligence on the basketball court will surely get it in a few practices.”Clarkson flew in from a long-haul flight from Los Angeles via Singapore before noon on Thursday and is battling jetlag.There’s a part of Guiao’s coaching staff that is making sure that Clarkson gets acclimatized as soon as possible and won’t be groggy for the China game.“There are people (from the Gilas team) that stayed with him (before nighttime of Thursday) to make sure that he doesn’t sleep at the wrong hour,” defensive anchor Gabe Norwood said with a smile. “That’s hard, being denied of sleep. But he has to do it and our guys did a good job at it.”Follow @musongINQ for more updates on @JordanClarksons and the #AsianGames2018— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) August 17, 2018Guiao and his coaching staff have an idea of the competition they will face when they play the Chinese, and reiterated that the arrival of Clarkson has given the Philippines something to hope for.“Before he came over, we were listed as the absolute underdogs,” Guiao said. “But now, we’re just the slight underdogs and who knows, maybe we can shock the world.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img

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