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The PBA is Better now that Chot Reyes is Back

So he could forget about basketball and rest and recharge after a rough few months. He went on a long trip to the UK, Switzerland, and Japan.

Chot Reyes went back to his old job as head coach of Talk N’ Text last night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. The PBA is better because of it. 

Reyes is a great example of someone who can divide people. He is a reporter’s dream, and his adventures are worth writing about. He is interesting, challenging, articulate, and captivating. 

Also, he’s good at teaching. 

It was only coach Chot who could make his comeback exciting. He brought the Tropang Giga back from a 10-point fourth-quarter hole to beat Rain or Shine 108-107.

“I was never away so there were no jitters, just regular game feels,” Reyes told me when I asked him if he had felt some butterflies in his belly.

Last year, Reyes briefly gave up his job as coach to Jolas so that he could focus on the FIBA World Cup 2023. He was then promoted to senior consultant. He left, but he was never really gone. 

 There were people other than Reyes who were happy about the return. Roger Pogoy was the same way.

“Lipay ko, (I’m happy),” said the Cebuano gunner, who riddled the Elasto Painters with 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field including 4-of-5 from 3.

Pogoy’s best game since coming back from a heart problem that kept him out for months last year happened at the same time as Reyes’ return. It’s been called the Coach Chot Effect. 

Many people thought Reyes didn’t have a sense of humor, but he showed it several times as Gilas’s head coach. He was a 9-time PBA winner. 

He replied with a laughing emoji when asked what he missed most about being “away” from the PBA.

“The refs.”

Every day, someone on X from SPIN.ph sends me a message asking for a report on Mikey Williams, so I gave it to Reyes.

MIKEY UPDATE.

“Nothing on my end,” he said. Seemingly frustrated, he refused to close the doors on a Mikey signing and sighting even though the Philippine Cup had officially started. 

“I don’t like speaking in absolutes, so it’s hard to say.”

That’s the end of the Mikey Williams story. 

Even though the Tropa played well against ROS—they made 42% of their three-point shots, grabbed 56 boards, and passed out 26 assists—coach Reyes was quick to calm people down.

“BGR (Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser) is a big help, but we are nowhere near the level of the 3 SMC teams.”

Could be. 

So long as Chot is the boss, TNT will always have a chance.

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