HoopsHype Philippines rumors

July 28, 2014 Updates

Gilas Pilipinas had its first official practice session Saturday in Miami, the start of a rigorous two-week training camp in preparation for the FIBA World Cup in Spain set Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. The first practice session also marked the first time that NBA veteran Andray Blatche joined the national team. Blatche was granted naturalization, thus allowing him to play for the Philippines in various international tournaments. The 6-foot-11 Blatche, who recently played for the Brooklyn Nets, posted a photo of his No. 11 Pilipinas jersey on his Instagram account @draylive, saying: “Very thankful #puso.” Yahoo! Sports Philippines

July 26, 2014 Updates

During a recent trip to Manila, teammates Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan put on a show for the fans. Watch as DeRozan jumps over Lowry to finish this sick alley oop off the backboard. beyondthebuzzer.com

July 24, 2014 Updates

“I’ve seen what the national team can do,” said Harden. “They’re a well-rounded team. Players play the right way, get to the right spot and they can shoot the ball. They play somewhat like the Spurs or try to. Height doesn’t mean anything. What’s important is heart, will and effort. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.” philstar.com

July 22, 2014 Updates
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June 11, 2014 Updates

Brooklyn Nets player Andray Blatche has been granted Filipino citizenship so he can play for the national team in the FIBA World Cup this year, officials said Wednesday. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said President Benigno Aquino III signed a law Wednesday granting citizenship to the American-born Blatche. ESPN.com

June 10, 2014 Updates

Spoelstra is planning to visit the Philippines this summer and might cross paths with Pacquiao. But a Spoelstra-Pacquiao coaching matchup is probably not going to happen. Spoelstra simply shook his head at that farfetched notion. "I'll hopefully be able to see him this summer, see what's up," Spoelstra said. "Maybe I'll check out a practice." USA Today Sports

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

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