HoopsHype Andray Blatche rumors

May 28, 2014 Updates

Less than a week ago, in the lead-up to Memorial Day weekend, Nets forward/center — and soon to be free agent — Andray Blatche posted a picture to his Instagram where he appears to be holding a hookah shaped like an AK-47. Listen, maybe some will get up on their soapbox about how this somehow promotes violence, probably the same people who think video games promote violence, but trust us when we say puffing on a little shisha relaxes everyone into passivity. Dime

May 27, 2014 Updates

Andray Blatche has never been to the Philippines. He has no Filipino roots. Blatche is from Syracuse, N.Y., about 8,000 miles from Quezon City, where the Philippine basketball team normally trains. But Blatche, a 27-year-old reserve center for the Nets, is on the verge of becoming a Filipino citizen and a member of the national basketball team. The Philippine team contacted Blatche in January, and a few days later, the country’s House of Representatives introduced a bill to grant Blatche citizenship. New York Times

One fan asked Reyes on Twitter how many N.B.A. players the program had contacted about representing the Philippines and why it had selected Blatche. “A lot,” Reyes wrote back. “Only he said yes.” New York Times

May 26, 2014 Updates
May 18, 2014 Updates

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has objected to a bill seeking to grant National Basketball Association (NBA) player Andray Blatche citizenship so he could play for the Gilas national basketball team in the FIBA World Cup and the Asian Games. Estrada said granting citizenship for the sole purpose of playing for the Philippines “is such a flimsy excuse which would place the Senate in an embarrassing situation because it gives the impression that anyone who wishes to play may simply go to the Senate and acquire Philippine citizenship through legislation,’’ he said. Naturalized citizens could eventually go back to their native land and forget the Philippines, he added. Tempo

May 15, 2014 Updates
May 3, 2014 Updates

The Raptors are not taking kindly to Andray Blatche's guarantee that the Nets will win Game 7 in Toronto. "Guarantee it," the big man said during a Friday shootaround, as quoted by Stefan Bondy. "We’re going to go there and take care of business and go to Miami." Blatche had predicted a win in Game 6 as well. In Game 5 and 6, Blatche has scored a combined 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 37 minutes, shooting 5-of-10. NetsDaily

The Raptors beat writers acquainted Toronto players with Blatch's quote. They reacted with shock and disdain. "We're going to see what happens," said Greivis Vasquez. "I don't know who does he think he is. He's not KG or Paul Pierce or Jason Kidd. But you know, we're going to listen to his nonsense. He's gotta earn that and he hasn't yet. We aren't really focused (on) that. We gotta play so much better than we did last night. Game 7, win or go home." NetsDaily

Andray Blatche came through with his first guaranteed win in Game 6. He then doubled down by assuring a win in Game 7 and a trip to Miami for Round 2. “Guarantee it,” he said. “We’re going to go there and take care of business and go to Miami.” New York Daily News

May 2, 2014 Updates
April 29, 2014 Updates

All is not lost on the bid of Gilas Pilipinas to acquire Brooklyn Nets power forward Andray Blatche for the 17th Asian Games in Korea. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barios said yesterday that key members of the Senate have assured the SBP that they will “fast-track” the naturalization of the 6-11 American NBA player so he can suit up for the Philippine team in Asian Games set Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 in Incheon. The Senate is in recess and is due to resume next week and Barrios is upbeat that Blatche’s application for citizenship will get the green light in due time. However, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) said Incheon organizers are demanding that athletes being groomed for inclusion should already be passport holders by the time the deadline for the submisison of names lapses tomorrow. Tempo Sports

April 19, 2014 Updates

Andray Blatche said the other day he knows what the competition will be like for the Philippines at the FIBA World Cup in Spain on Aug. 30-Sept. 14 and no matter the odds, the 6-11 center promised to leave it all on the floor for Gilas. “I’m excited,” said Blatche who’s averaging 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 22 minutes for the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA this season. “I can’t wait to visit the Philippines. I’m looking forward to training camp. I can’t believe how many Filipinos have come up to me asking about the national team. I’ll do my best out there. I know Marcus (Douthit). I also know the guys we’ll be playing against like (Manu) Ginobili and (Luis) Scola of Argentina. I expect to be ready to play in Spain.” philstar.com

April 6, 2014 Updates

Gilas Pilipinas is offering Blatche a chance to carry pride and glory to a loyal, basketball-loving nation. And he is not remiss in acknowledging this opportunity when asked about his current thoughts about the prospect of playing for the Philippines: “I am excited; this is something new. It is a blessing for this opportunity. Hopefully, I can share my talent in helping the Philippines.” NBA.com

April 1, 2014 Updates

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights has approved Senate Bill 2108 which seeks to grant Filipino citizenship to American basketball player Andray Blatche on Tuesday, April 1, bringing the Smart Gilas team one step closer to obtaining the big man they need to compete on the world stage. Without any objections, the Senate version of Blatche's naturalization bill sponsored by Senator Edgardo 'Sonny' Angara has been approved while Committee Chairman Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel shall ask a sub-committee report on Blatche's desire to play for the country. Rappler

Both Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes and current naturalized big man Marcus Douthit believes it will be a doable task since both have talked to Blatche, who plays for the National Basketball Association's Brooklyn Nets. "In our first conversation (with Blatche) I asked him if he really wants to do this," recalled Reyes. "He knows that he has to give up the (NBA) offseason and practice (for Gilas). My job is to give our team the best representation. We want to play the right way. I don't think there is another NBA player as willing as Blatche; I feel he'll boost our chances." Rappler

March 11, 2014 Updates

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