If Gilas Pilipinas calls, Marcio Lassiter will answer
Paul Lintag on May 31, 2017 10:41 PM
If Gilas Pilipinas comes calling, Marcio Lassiter is ready to go.
Marcio Lassiter was part of the original Gilas team back in 2011.
That Philippine squad finished fourth in the FIBA-Asia Championships.
Lassiter hasn't played for the national team since that initial stint, much to the dismay of fans all over.
But with Gilas looking to make another run at the World Cup and the Olympics, Marcio is open to coming back to play for Team Philippines.
That is if Team Philippines still wants him to.
"If they ever call again, I'm always available," Lassiter said Wednesday as the Beermen scored a 124-113 win over Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
"Hopefully the age factor's [not an issue]. I just turned 30," he added possibly referring to head coach Chot Reyes' grand plan to field a younger and more dynamic lineup.
During the recent SEABA Championships in Manila. Andray Blatche was the oldest player for Gilas Pilipinas at 30 years old.
Among the locals, Jayson Castro is the oldest and the Blur will only turn 30 next month.
Showing a more complete game at this point of his career --- he just put up 21 points, six rebounds, four assists, and eight steals against the Elite --- Lassiter feels he can still be effective for Gilas.
It's just a matter of Gilas actually wanting him back.
"The 3-and-D, the multi dimension, it helps a lot," Lassiter said on his style of play that can suit well with how Gilas Pilipinas runs its system.
"I'm always honored to represent the country. We'll see," he added.
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