By Michael Jugado
FORMER Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes is convinced there will be life for three national team standouts even after they call it quits in the pro league.
Playmaker LA Tenorio of Ginebra and forwards Ranidel De Ocampo, who recently retired, and Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine, could be “good coaches” someday, according to Reyes.
“I think LA will become a great coach. Ranidel will turn out be a pretty good coach with his demeanor and his understanding of the game, and Gabe Norwood certainly will turn out to be a good coach,” Reyes said during the Hoop Coaches International coaching webinar hosted by Blackwater and organized by Elite alternate governor and consultant Ariel Vanguardia last Monday.
“Everyone there will have their crack and their shot, but aside from Jimmy (Alapag), it’s LA, Ranidel and Gabe. I think they’ll turn out to be pretty good coaches themselves,” added Reyes.
While calling the shots for Gilas, Reyes worked with the three players, got to know them and expects them to make a good transition to coaching if and when they opt to give it a try.
Tenorio, De Ocampo, Norwood, and former Gilas skipper Jimmy Alapag were all members of the Philippine five that bagged the silver medal in the 2013 FIBA Asia championships in Manila and went on to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.
After hanging up his sneakers, Alapag took over the helm at Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League and is currently an assistant coach to Leo Austria at San Miguel Beer. He steered Alab Pilipinas to a title in 2018.
Reyes said he was not surprised when Alapag became a coach.
“Jimmy was already a coach even before he became a coach,” he said.
Tenorio got his baptism of fire in coaching last year when he served as one of the deputies to Bonnie Tan at Letran, which dethroned favored San Beda University in the 95th NCAA basketball tournament in three grueling games.