HoopsHype Andray Blatche rumors

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

April 1, 2014 Updates

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights has approved Senate Bill 2108 which seeks to grant Filipino citizenship to American basketball player Andray Blatche on Tuesday, April 1, bringing the Smart Gilas team one step closer to obtaining the big man they need to compete on the world stage. Without any objections, the Senate version of Blatche's naturalization bill sponsored by Senator Edgardo 'Sonny' Angara has been approved while Committee Chairman Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel shall ask a sub-committee report on Blatche's desire to play for the country. Rappler

Both Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes and current naturalized big man Marcus Douthit believes it will be a doable task since both have talked to Blatche, who plays for the National Basketball Association's Brooklyn Nets. "In our first conversation (with Blatche) I asked him if he really wants to do this," recalled Reyes. "He knows that he has to give up the (NBA) offseason and practice (for Gilas). My job is to give our team the best representation. We want to play the right way. I don't think there is another NBA player as willing as Blatche; I feel he'll boost our chances." Rappler

March 11, 2014 Updates

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

March 5, 2014 Updates

'Memba when Nets player Andray Blatche was shuttin' down that big-assed woman in Bev Hills last week?? Well, Lakers star Nick Young sure does ... and last night, he REENACTED the whole scene. Young was out in front of the Roosevelt Hotel when he brought up the TMZ Sports video featuring a drunken Blatche trying to duck a thirsty jock-chaser like his life depended on it. TMZ.com

January 31, 2014 Updates

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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January 4, 2014 Updates

Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche will play Saturday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Blatche had missed the last four games for "personal reasons." He declined to go into specifics as to what those reasons were. "Now would it be personal if I tell you?" Blatche said before Saturday's morning shootaround. "It's personal reasons. It's over with. The most important thing is I'm back out here playing with my team. That's what's most important right now. And that's something I've been looking forward to since I've been gone." ESPN.com

December 28, 2013 Updates

In addition to Kirilenko, the Nets also were without Andray Blatche, who will also miss the upcoming road trip, due to personal reasons. Blatche, who had been the only Net to appear in the first 28 games of the season, broke his streak of 110 consecutive games since signing with the team before the 2012-13 season. New York Post

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