Former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Andray Blatche has committed 100 percent to Gilas Pilipinas in its FIBA Asia championship campaign this year. The naturalized Filipino is expected to be in Manila near the end of the PBA Governors’ Cup to join the team’s practices ahead of the Olympic qualifier. “We expect him to be with us. I’ve spoken to Andray and he’s told me he’s committed and will be 100 percent with the team,” Gilas coach Tab Baldwin told Richard Dy in a report to sports website Spin. “I want to get him here virtually before we go to the (training) camp, or maybe a little bit before that. Hopefully, before the end of the third conference,” Baldwin added.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Ex-NBA draftee Hamady N’Diaye is Philippines bound. Joining Kia Carnival, said agent Sheryl Reyes.
MR: I know the Philippines is pretty NBA crazy. What was their reaction to seeing you, the campers? Nerlens Noel: “They were definitely showing some shock. They were definitely surprised, and you do see how much they pay attention to NBA basketball and keep up with it, so that was great to see.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Globetrotter Derrick Caracter has left the Philippines. He averaged 20.3 points and 14.3 boards per game.
Despite Fil-Am Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson expressing interest in playing for the national team, head coach Tab Baldwin admitted Gilas Pilipinas is not likely to naturalize guards in the near future, stating that big men are still the priority. “The difficult thing for Jordan is traditionally the Philippines needs a big man in a naturalized role,” he said Sunday, March 22 following Talk ’N Text’s twice-to-beat clinching win over Alaska in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “If there ever came a time that we needed a guard, it’s great to know that Jordan is available. He’s easy to naturalize.”
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Daniel Orton signed in the Philippines with Purefoods Star Hotshots. The big man comes from Chinese league where he was playing with Sichuan.
Former NBA small forward Terrence Williams, after a short-lived stint that included just one practice, has been released from Israeli side Maccabi Ashdod, sources told Basketball Insiders. According to sources, Williams, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, is in discussions for a new deal with clubs from Puerto Rico and the Philippines. In mid-January, Williams signed a no-cut four-month offer sheet worth $68,000 in Ashdod and was immediately dubbed one of the most talented players in the Middle East. The problem was, the coach that initially lured Williams overseas had gotten fired.
Ronald Roberts signed a deal to play in the Philippines with San Miguel Beerman, according to sources. The rookie comes from the Santa Cruz Warriors where he was averaging 29.5 points, 13.5 points and 2.5 assists per game. Marc Stein was the first to report about a deal in the Philippines.
Shams Charania: Forward Josh Davis is leaving the NBA D-League’s Austin, signing a contract with Meralco Bolts in the Philippines, source tells RealGM.
The Golden State Warriors are hosting Filipino Heritage Night, presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort, on Friday, November 21 against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena (7:30 p.m.), the team announced today. A portion of the proceeds from each Filipino Heritage Night ticket sold will be donated back to support local Filipino organizations throughout the Bay Area.
Eddy Curry and Allen Iverson are in the Philippines with the BallUp Streetballers. Curry, who turns 32 in a month, has been out of the NBA since 2012, but it’s good to see he’s keeping with it. (Curry won a title in Miami in 2012 despite not playing in the playoffs. [@ompongski]
Asian Games rules state that each natualized player must have at least three year of residency in the country that gave him citizenship. Blatche doesn’t have it. Philippines will replace him with Marcus Douthit.
Andray Blatche has been a citizen of an Asian country for four months. Since then, he’s lead his new country, the Philippines to remarkable basketball performances at the FIBA World Cup. He’s become a national hero in the Philippines. But the International Olympic Committe of Asia has different views about Blatche disqualifying him from the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
It only took three days for Robin Lopez to fall in love with the Philippines, so much so that the American NBA center has presented himself as another naturalization candidate for the country’s basketball team. “If the whole Andray Blatche thing doesn’t work out, I’m here for Gilas,” Lopez said on Thursday after conducting a training camp organized by Gatorade and NBA Philippines at the Hoops Center in Mandaluyong. “I don’t wish any harm to come to Dray because obviously he’s played his heart out for that team and he’s a great fit,” the Portland Trail Blazer said, referring to Blatche, who reinforced Gilas as a naturalized Filipino in the recent Fiba World Cup.
“We all knew [the baggage] was there, but it was a long time ago and we didn’t want to judge Andray by what happened, but on his performance and his attitude and his committment. I was really happy with his approach to joining a team on such short notice and really fighting out there with the rest of us.”
Blatche was not just a hit on the court at the World Cup, but also with his teammates, says team capatain Jimmy Alapag. “The type of relationships he built with the guys on the team in one month and a half and the effort in games and practices really said a lot about Andray,” Alapag told HoopsHype. “We were on the road together for about a month. That helped a lot to build that camaraderie and get to know Andray better. He was committed to the program from Day 1 and I think it showed.”
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When asked what made him agree to become a naturalized Filipino, Blatche replied, “When I arrived in Manila and saw how I was treated, and the way people are, just made my decision easy. It was a no brainer. The people were so generous. There was no way I could say no.”
Moments after the Philippines won its first FIBA World Cup game in 40 years, naturalized player Andray Blatche told Yahoo Philippines Sports that he wants to return to the country to thank the Filipino people for the tremendous support Gilas received. “The support we got from the Philippines and right here in Spain is more than enough for us to work so hard for this win. I love it. I can’t wait to get back to Manila to give my thanks,” said Blatche.