Thailand will be ready come the second window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers.
This as contrary to reports, Thailand has been hard in training for the upcoming window set from November 26 to 30 in Manama, Bahrain.
“I can confirm that they have been practicing since Thailand has lessened restrictions,” a team insider, who requested anonymity, told Tiebreaker Times.
As of publishing, Thailand only has 3,874 total cases of COVID-19.
With travel restrictions, however, Thailand’s American head coach Chris Daleo won’t be calling the shots from the sidelines.
His trusted deputy, coach Manid Niyomyindee, instead has the task of handling the national team when it takes on Gilas on the 26th, Indonesia on the 28th, and Gilas again on the 30th.
The Thais won’t have the likes of Tyler Lamb, Moses Morgan, or Freddie Lish for this window, though, again due to travel restrictions.
Still, Thailand will field an all-pro team that is well-conditioned as the Thailand Open is ongoing.
Headlining Thailand’s pool are the likes of Chanatip Jakrawan, Wattana Suttisin, and Nakorn Jaisanuk.
“Pretty much we will be quite prepared apart from not having our Thai-American players,” the source added.
During the first window, Thailand lost to South Korea, 86-93.