Mama Blatche grateful for Pinoys' love for her son Andray
Paul Lintag on May 14, 2017 03:02 PM
"I'm having such a wonderful time, the country is beautiful, the people are beautiful, I have loved it." --- Angela Oliver, Andray Blatche's mom.
Manila, Philippines --- Just so you know, Mama Blatche is extremely grateful at how Filipinos have embraced her son Andray.
53-year-old Angela Oliver, Andray's loving mother, is on deck at the Smart Araneta Coliseum here, enjoying Gilas Pilipinas' ongoing campaign in the 2017 SEABA Championships.
Seated behind the Philippines' bench, Oliver says she's having a blast watching her son play in front of a hometown crowd.
"This is the first year I see him play and being here in the Philippines so it was great," Oliver said on her first trip in the country.
"I'm having such a wonderful time, the country is beautiful, the people are beautiful, I have loved it," she added.
With the national team winning its first two games by an average of 77 points and the Philippines also expected to steamroll Malaysia Sunday, which happens to be Mother's Day, Mama Blatche has zero reasons not to enjoy herself in her stay here.
"Mother's Day is [today] and next week is my birthday, double celebration," Oliver said.
"I think so," she added with a laugh when asked if her son has some surprises planned after Gilas takes the court against the Malaysians.
Dealing with cancer, Oliver didn't have too many chances in watching Andray as of late especially in his tour of duty with Gilas and his recent championship season in the Chinese Basketball Association.
However, Mama Blatche knows her son well and she knows Andray is a competitor, one thing that Filipino fans have grown to love with the former NBA veteran.
"Aggressive, hates to lose, loves the game of basketball, big heart," Oliver said of Andray the basketball player.
"He loves me to death, he's my first born so we're friends but he doesn't forget about parenting either so we're great," she added, noting on the fact that Andray himself just welcomed his son to the world, causing a minor delay on him rejoining Gilas Pilipinas for its SEABA buildup.
Now that she's better from her previous illness, Mama Blatche is already looking forward to watching her son play more for the Philippines.
But not before expressing her appreciation to Filipinos first.
"I'm feeling better and I believe all the prayers [the] Filipino [people] put up for me, I appreciate it. I love it, thank you so much," she said.
With the Philippines winning the 2017 SEABA title a foregone conclusion, Mama Blatche already has her sights set for August, the same time frame Gilas is expected to play in the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup.
"I will go back to South Carolina and he's [Andray] frpm Atlanta, hes gonna go back home and spend some time with his son," Oliver said on what's up with the mother-son tandem after SEABA.
"Me, [I'm] gonna go back to get some rest and be ready for August," she added.
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