Chot Reyes drops Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan from Gilas Pilipinas for ‘lack of interest’

ByAllan Lim

The ‘energetic’ duo of Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan were dropped from the Gilas pool for the 2nd window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers which will pit the country’s national basketball team against Australia in Melbourne on February 22 and against Japan at the MOA Arena on February 25.

Abueva and Almazan, according to coach Chot Reyes, missed the Monday practice for the third straight time forcing the hand of the long-time national team mentor to remove their names from the roster.

“The reason why were dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window is because they haven’t showed up. It’s already our third practice and they are still nowhere to be found. It’s simply a matter of disinterest,” said Reyes.

The 54-year old coach apparently has had enough of the duo’s no show at the team’s once-a-week practices at the Meralco Gym.

“I guess they’re not interested so we have to move on. If they don’t want to be a part of the pool, that’s the reason we’re dropping them for the second window. We can’t wait for those guys,” added Reyes.

Gilas team manager Butch Antonio meanwhile said that Abueva pointed to his hamstring injury as the reason for his absence while Almazan hasn’t offered any excuses yet.

Antonio added that there have been no discussions yet on who’ll take over the roster spots of two.