Luc Longley blasts Gilas players for ‘thug’ behavior, blames Chot Reyes for bench-clearing brawl

ByAllan Lim


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Luc Longley, former NBA player and current assistant coach of the Australian basketball team, has identified the culprit of the now infamous basketbrawl that happened between his team and Gilas Pilipinas, Monday night at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue Bulacan.

And it’s none other than Gilas head coach Chot Reyes.

During a huddle caught on camera, Reyes was overheard instructing his players to “Hit somebody. Put someone on their ass.” The national team mentor, however, defended his choice of words and said that it was merely taken out of context.

“Anyone who understands basketball, if you take offense with that statement, you don’t know basketball,” Reyes said.

Speaking to reporters, Longley rejected the explanation of Reyes and at the same criticized the Gilas players for taking a ‘group selfie’ while waiting for the game officials’ verdict.

“I do believe that coach Chot Reyes incited them to come out and thug us. There’s video evidence of that, said the former Chicago Bulls center.

“Then he substituted a thug out there who took three or four cheap swings at Chris Goulding. This is out of the party line but I’m most disturbed with their head coach. I think he was embarrassed by the way his team was playing. I think he was embarrassed by the shape they were in. I think he was embarrassed by how they fought, he added.

Basketball Australia planned to have Goulding available for interview with the media but later on changed its mind, saying the high-scoring guard would speak at a better time.

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