HoopsHype Philippines rumors

June 10, 2014 Updates
June 9, 2014 Updates

Andray Blatche is still waiting to officially become a naturalized Filipino. But the Brooklyn Nets big man has already declared that he is Filipino. "I am very excited to play for the Philippines, and I thank everyone for making this once-in-a-lifetime chance happen," Blatche said, according to Agence France-Presse. "I am Filipino now, so I will do my best to help my team." ESPN.com

Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan is set to visit Manila in July, as the special guest for this year’s edition of NBA 3X Philippines, the league announced Monday via press release. The program, now in its fourth year, “combines exciting 3x3 on-court competition with free authentic NBA entertainment and experiences for fans of all ages,” such as a slam dunk contest, hoops clinics, three-point contests, skills challenges, autograph sessions, plus performances by an NBA dance team and an NBA mascot. GMANetwork.com

DeRozan though is the highlight, and will help run clinics and interact with Filipino fans. “I’m excited for my first visit to the Philippines to experience the country’s unique culture and to be a part of NBA 3X,” said DeRozan in the release. “Filipinos are world-renowned for their passion for the NBA and I can’t wait for this exciting showcase of their basketball skills.” GMANetwork.com

June 8, 2014 Updates
June 7, 2014 Updates

American Andray Blatche, the country’s prospect for naturalization, is set to arrive here Sunday morning, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes announced on Twitter. Blatche’s naturalization only needs the signature of the President to be completed. “He’s on the plane. Arriving tom, 10am. @drayblatche is coming to town!” Reyes, under the Twitter handle @coachot, posted on his account Saturday. Reyes also said that there is a chance the Brooklyn Nets center Blatche, tapped to give the Philippines a boost in the coming FIBA World Cup in Spain, will watch the game between the Air21 Express and the San Mig Coffee Mixers on Monday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Inquirer.net

June 4, 2014 Updates
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
April 30, 2014 Updates

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

April 28, 2014 Updates
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

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