HoopsHype Philippines rumors

January 29, 2015 Updates

Former NBA small forward Terrence Williams, after a short-lived stint that included just one practice, has been released from Israeli side Maccabi Ashdod, sources told Basketball Insiders. According to sources, Williams, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, is in discussions for a new deal with clubs from Puerto Rico and the Philippines. In mid-January, Williams signed a no-cut four-month offer sheet worth $68,000 in Ashdod and was immediately dubbed one of the most talented players in the Middle East. The problem was, the coach that initially lured Williams overseas had gotten fired. Basketball Insiders

January 27, 2015 Updates

Ronald Roberts signed a deal to play in the Philippines with San Miguel Beerman, according to sources. The rookie comes from the Santa Cruz Warriors where he was averaging 29.5 points, 13.5 points and 2.5 assists per game. Marc Stein was the first to report about a deal in the Philippines. Sportando

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The Golden State Warriors are hosting Filipino Heritage Night, presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort, on Friday, November 21 against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena (7:30 p.m.), the team announced today. A portion of the proceeds from each Filipino Heritage Night ticket sold will be donated back to support local Filipino organizations throughout the Bay Area. NBA.com

November 5, 2014 Updates
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Andray Blatche has been a citizen of an Asian country for four months. Since then, he’s lead his new country, the Philippines to remarkable basketball performances at the FIBA World Cup. He’s become a national hero in the Philippines. But the International Olympic Committe of Asia has different views about Blatche disqualifying him from the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. Basketball Buddha

Asian Games rules state that each natualized player must have at least three year of residency in the country that gave him citizenship. Blatche doesn't have it. Philippines will replace him with Marcus Douthit. Sportando

September 12, 2014 Updates

Blatche was not just a hit on the court at the World Cup, but also with his teammates, says team capatain Jimmy Alapag. "The type of relationships he built with the guys on the team in one month and a half and the effort in games and practices really said a lot about Andray," Alapag told HoopsHype. "We were on the road together for about a month. That helped a lot to build that camaraderie and get to know Andray better. He was committed to the program from Day 1 and I think it showed." HoopsHype

It only took three days for Robin Lopez to fall in love with the Philippines, so much so that the American NBA center has presented himself as another naturalization candidate for the country's basketball team. “If the whole Andray Blatche thing doesn’t work out, I’m here for Gilas,” Lopez said on Thursday after conducting a training camp organized by Gatorade and NBA Philippines at the Hoops Center in Mandaluyong. “I don’t wish any harm to come to Dray because obviously he’s played his heart out for that team and he’s a great fit,” the Portland Trail Blazer said, referring to Blatche, who reinforced Gilas as a naturalized Filipino in the recent Fiba World Cup. Sports Interactive Network Philippines

September 6, 2014 Updates

Moments after the Philippines won its first FIBA World Cup game in 40 years, naturalized player Andray Blatche told Yahoo Philippines Sports that he wants to return to the country to thank the Filipino people for the tremendous support Gilas received. “The support we got from the Philippines and right here in Spain is more than enough for us to work so hard for this win. I love it. I can’t wait to get back to Manila to give my thanks,” said Blatche. Yahoo! Sports Philippines

September 4, 2014 Updates
August 30, 2014 Updates

Andray Blatche ended his first game at FIBA World Cup with Philippines National Team with 28 points and 12 rebounds. “Unfortunately we lost today but today’s game confirms how much I trust my teammates. We fought until the end against a much stronger opponent and we had also the final shot to win it. I felt good, we must play again like today without being afraid of our opponents. In addition to points and rebounds my task is also to give confidence to my teammates. I am very optimistic for the next games, Philippines will continue to impress as today and we want to make out great fans happier than today”, said Blatche. Sportando

Gilas reached out to Blatche through Duke Pryor, an Indianapolis-based consultant whose extensive basketball Rolodex allows him to serve as a fixer for businesses or, in this case, national basketball teams that are seeking the services of NBA talent. Pryor, whose connections come from a decade spent mentoring elite high school players, many of whom now play in the NBA, comes across as a minor World Wide Wes–style sports power broker. He helped bring Bryant back to Manila in August 2013 for an appearance on behalf of Lenovo laptops, and SBP hired him to act as its emissary in acquiring Blatche. Grantland

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