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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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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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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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