So what now, Andray?

So what now, Andray?
With a complicated schedule coming up that not only affects Blatche and Gilas but the entire basketball world, the powers that be will now have to figure out how to continue incorporating the former Brooklyn Net in future tournaments.

Manila, Philippines --- Andray Blatche saved his best performance for last in the 2017 SEABA Championships.

With a gold medal and a trip to the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup on the line Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum here, Blatche landed the first haymaker for Gilas Pilipinas against Indonesia, dropping 10 points and six rebounds right in the first quarter as the Philippines took a 20-point lead.

The host nation would end up winning by 33 and Blatche wound up with a total of 21 points and 10 boards.

While his performance was certainly what the Philippines needed from him, Blatche's next tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas now remains as a mystery.

Again.

With a complicated schedule coming up that not only affects Blatche and Gilas but the entire basketball world, the powers that be will now have to figure out how to continue incorporating the former Brooklyn Net in future tournaments.

Tournaments where the Philippines would most definitely need Blatche as its naturalized center.

"We purposely kept the discussion with Adnray for the SEABA first. Because sabi ko, kung di natin mapanalo to, wala na tayong pag-uusapan di ba?" head coach Chot Reyes said explaining the future of Blatche with the team, or the lack of it as of right now.

"So now that we've gotten this, we have to sit down to figure out a schedule, because he also has a tournament, he has obligations in China in the CBA,' Reyes added, noting on the fact that Blatche now plays pro ball for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association.

"We really don't know kung anong mangyayari."

While the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas have identified some possible candidates for naturalization, particularly current Blackwater import Greg Smith, Gilas Pilipinas is hardpressed to field a new recruit at least for this.

With that in mind, it appears Blatche should still remain as Gilas' top option for at least another cycle in Asian tournaments.

"It's a timing issue. I don't know if it can be done in five or six months. That's really a timing issue," Reyes said on the possible naturalization process of Smith.

"If you notice, China has built two national teams. They have built two Chinese national teams, purposely because of the window, the World qualifying schedule. We really don't know how that's going to affect Andray's schedule, so hindi pa natin alam," Reyes added.

 


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