Gilas Pilipinas coach Mark Dickel is not in the least worried about the possibility of a further postponement of the Fiba Asia Cup qualifier.
"There are bigger things around the world than our game," he told reporters shortly after training on Friday at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas.
In fact, Dickel said fans should appreciate the move and said, "Governments are making decisions that they believe will put these citizens in the safest positions."
Fiba announced on Friday morning that it would postpone Thailand's hosting in the Philippines until a later date. The home game was supposed to begin Gila's campaign in the 24-nation tournament and herald the start of the country's march to the 2023 World Cup, which will take place here.
"If the game [other] is postponed, well, maybe we would reduce our practices," he said. "Maybe one or two a week?"
And Dickel continues to view shifts as an opportunity for the national pool to create more cohesion and enable the coaching staff to better flesh out the roles of the players.
"They have more time so that everyone really understands A, what their roles are, B what is expected, and C what they have to do out there," said the coach.
"Whenever you have more days for it, the game will look better," he added.
Gilas has been practicing daily since February 6th.
Gilas is currently targeting Indonesia, a team coached by former mentor Rajko Toroman. The Filipinos shoot for a win in Jakarta on February 23.
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