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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

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Pau Gasol: $24,000 for my friends in the Philippines! If you want to join the effort, here you can bit.ly/1fdjQ4o . Thanks for your help! Twitter @paugasol

November 14, 2013 Updates

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who is of Filipino descent, plans to visit the typhoon-ravaged Philippines next summer. “My aunts and uncles in and around Manila are safe and far away from the destruction,” Spoelstra said. “I’ve been in the area that took most of the damage when I’ve been on other visits. It wasn’t just the storm. There’s no infrastructure. There are shantytowns with living quarters having no foundation. It looks as though wide areas of the communities have just disappeared.” Palm Beach Post

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Friday, a typical day for most of us. A day wrought with terror in the Philippines as super typhoon Haiyan made landfall. The NBA has numerous ties to the Philippines. Many players have travelled there on goodwill trips. The NBA hosted a preseason exhibition game between two of its top teams — the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets — this October. Two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who is the first Asian-American head coach among all four professional sports leagues in the United States, is half-Filipino. SheridanHoops

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes and former NBA point guard Stephon Marbury both took to social media to express their heart felt sentiments. I wanted to take a minute to send my thoughts and prayers to those people who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines this week. It saddens me to read how many people were affected by this tragedy especially those who were trying to bounce back from an earthquake that struck them in mid-October. SheridanHoops

October 11, 2013 Updates

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers have fans all over the world, including the Philippines. Dwight Howard, playing an exhibition game Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines, received scattered boos and "Kobe" chants as the Houston Rockets faced the Indiana Pacers, according to InterAKTV. The Rockets won handily, 116-96, but Howard struggled with nine points, five fouls and four turnovers in about 24 minutes. Howard was applauded on his lone free throw make in four tries. Los Angeles Times

October 10, 2013 Updates

A nation of basketball fanatics finally got NBA basketball. A game, or at least a yearning, six decades in the making gripped Manila as preseason game normally could not, as finally the Rockets and Pacers put on the show they had promised, inspired it seemed to have been cherished so greatly. As the game moved to its final seconds, with the Rockets dribbling out the clock on a 116-96 wire-to-wire rout of last season’s Eastern Conference Finalists, the crowd roared and then rose to offer a final salute. “It was a good experience. It was a fun night,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale. “It had a nice vice, a nice amount of energy in the arena.” Houston Chronicle

October 9, 2013 Updates

That is the sort of thing many imagined when they envisioned an NBA career. NBA players making their way through the Mall of America in Minneapolis would experience much the same treatment as the Rockets did in the Mall of Asia in Manila. But there is an inescapable sense that comes with being a part of one game that is so significant to an entire nation. The scenes that accompany every outing and every appearance remind how different the week is from just another week in just another preseason. "It's very important when you recognize our blessings," Howard said. "We have the ability to change people's lives just by spending two, three minutes with them. This is an amazing experience for all of us just to be able to travel around the world and spend time with people who never really get a chance to see us up and close. … This is a blessing." Houston Chronicle

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