Agreed on all your points but you need to cut our basketball team some slack. I don't know if you did some background check but our basketball affairs have been wrought with terrible leadership and corruption beginning as far back in the 70′s and grew at its peak around the 90′s. When the country placed 15th out of 16 teams in the 2003 Asian Championships, that was when the Philippine olympic committee decided it was no longer going to tolerate the mismanagement of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP).
The formation of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) in 2007 was pretty much the rebirth of Filipino basketball in international competitions. We went from 9th place to 2nd place in the Asian championships and eventually succeeded in 1 of 2 goals that is to participate in the World Cup (I hope we can qualifiy in the Olympics). The point I'm trying to make is that our basketball team can be competitive if we continue our NT programs with some improvements in leadership, coaching, and system. From the looks of it, we are gradually doing so every year. We need our team to compete in these world tournaments in order to improve. Experience will do you wonders and this why Iran is the best Asian team right now because they keep competing amd their players have absolute commitment to their flag.
I am positive that we can come back in the world stage and play better basketball. If there's one thing this world cup has shown, it is that we can compete globally if we are, as you said, willing to do things differently.
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