Chot Reyes on Kobe Paras: “We don’t want to put undue pressure on him. He’s 19.”

Photo by Josh Albelda

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes knows talent when he sees one.

Safe to say, he also knows when and how to unleash that talent.

The firebrand mentor was appealing to a large Filipino gallery on Sunday night to hush down inside the final two minutes of a Team Philippines victory over Chinese Taipei as the crowd started chanting “Ko-be! Ko-be! Ko-be!”

All the way left to be played for was the outcome, and the crowd wanted to see the high-leaping 19-year-old do his stuff.

“I was trying to hush the crowd from chanting his name,” said Reyes, who nonetheless obliged by putting Paras in the fray with around 80 seconds remaining. “We don’t want to put undue pressure on Kobe. He’s 19.” –