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Q: Did you ever think you'd be teaching basketball to kids of the Philippines? Gordon Hayward: I never thought I would come to the Philippines to do that, no. It was a cool idea that was brought to me and I decided to take the opportunity. Q: Why did you agree to do it? I had never been to the Philippines, so it was a chance for me to come to a new country. Also, any time you get the chance to give back and teach basketball to kids you’ve gotta jump all over that. NBA.com

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

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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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