That means he should be well-equipped to deal with some venomous crowds during this summer’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Manila from July 4 to 10. “We will welcome him to Manila and I hope the kababayans welcome him in a way that only the Filipino fans can welcome an opposing player, and a player who will be in that situation when we play them (will be) very much disliked in this country,” Philippine national team coach Tab Baldwin told Rappler.com, a news website based in the Philippines.
“The day after we can love Tony for the all the wonderful things that he is and has given to the game of basketball and he represents. But on that day he could possibly be public enemy no. 1,” said Baldwin, whose team will compete with France, Canada, Turkey, Senegal, and New Zealand in Group B.
Emiliano Carchia: According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Serbia and Philippines will host two of the three Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.