Blatche remains all-in for Gilas according to Chot
Paul Lintag on Jan 24, 2017 07:33 PM
"The only issue with Andray is is schedule in China. That's the only issue but Andray is committed." --- Chot Reyes on Gilas Pilipinas' current naturalized center.
Despite playing pro ball in China, Andray Blatche is still pretty much committed to the Philippines and Gilas Pilipinas.
Returning national team head coach Chot Reyes said so despite the fact that the Gilas program is already looking at possible replacements for the former Brooklyn Net.
"Yes remains committed," Reyes said regarding the status of Blatche who last saw action for the Philippines during the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament last year in Manila.
"The only issue with Andray is is schedule in China. That's the only issue but Andray is committed," he added.
With the SEABA championships coming up, a tournament that is a must-win for the Philippines, Reyes is hoping that his naturalized center doesn't run into conflict with his CBA schedule.
Blatche currently plays for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association.
With that in mind, plus Blatche being 30-years-old, Chot and his staff are starting to put together a contingency plan just in case Blatche turns out to be unavailable.
"Andray is committed but that's not to say we are staying there," Reyes said.
"We continue to look for other naturalized player candidates, that's why Josh [Reyes] is in the US," he added.
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