HoopsHype Philippines rumors

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 16, 2014 Updates

Center Josh Powell was in Houston on Tuesday for his physical, which he passed, and signed his contract with the Rockets. Powell's deal is for rest of this season and next, but year two of his contract is not guaranteed. Sources told FOX 26 Sports Powell received his clearance from FIBA, world governing body for basketball, late Monday night to return to the NBA and sign with the Rockets. FOX 26 Sports

April 15, 2014 Updates

NBA sources told FOX 26 Sports center Josh Powell, who has been playing in the Philippines, will sign with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday pending successful completion of his physical. Sources with knowledge of the situation said Powell received his letter of clearance on Monday from FIBA, world governing body for basketball, allowing him to leave his team (Ginebra) in the Philippines and sign with Houston FOX 26 Sports

April 13, 2014 Updates

Jonathan Feigen: Reports out of The Philippines are that Rockets will sign Josh Powell. Pittman's stay could be over before began. Not at game last night. A source confirms Rockets are releasing Pittman. His absence last night was conspicuous. Signed on Friday. Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

The Utah Jazz won’t be participating in the playoffs this year, so the NBA asked Gordon Hayward to do it a favor. Because the Jazz shooting guard had nothing better to do at the end of the month, Hayward happily accepted the invitation to help run a clinic for youth basketball players in the Philippines. Hayward and former WNBA great Tina Thompson will coach young hopefuls trying to become Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA All-Stars during the Philippines 2014 national training camp. Deseret News

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

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Andray Blatche moved a step closer to becoming eligible to play for the Philippines national team, which is reportedly competing in the FIBA World Cup in Spain this summer. On Monday, the nation’s House of Representatives approved the naturalization of Blatche, according to a report by ABS-CBN, a Filipino media company. A bill granting Blatche citizenship is still pending in the Senate, the report said. ... Paul Pierce became just the fifth player in NBA history to reach 1,900 3-pointers on Monday. New York Daily News

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January 31, 2014 Updates

Andray Blatche likes to joke around, but he’s serious about playing on the Filipino national team. Blatche confirmed a report in The Philippine Star he’s considering joining the team for this summer’s FIBA World Cup of Basketball. “I’m interested, so there’s a good chance of it happening,” Blatche said after Thursday’s practice. “So I’m looking at it from a standpoint where I can go somewhere I’ve never been before, and it’s an early head start to get ready for the season.” New York Post

But even Blatche didn’t seem as if he had a great deal of information about what the experience would entail. “Basically just go over there and … just win,” he said. “Just play hoop … whatever. I don’t know. “I’m not too sure about anything about it. … They brought it to me and I was like, ‘Yeah, it sounds cool.’ ” New York Post

January 30, 2014 Updates

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