Chot Reyes on Blatche: He looks fit but too early to tell

Chot Reyes on Blatche: He looks fit but too early to tell
Making his first official appearance for Gilas practice this year, the naturalized Filipino center was noticeably in better shape compared to before, giving the Philippines actual hope of scoring an upset against Australia.

The Andray Blatche fat jokes are no more.

Making his first official appearance for Gilas practice this year, the naturalized Filipino center was noticeably in better shape compared to before, giving the Philippines actual hope of scoring an upset against Australia.

However, that's still wishful thinking at this point in time and it's still too early to tell.

But Blatche showing up in great shape is the first part of the equation.

"He looks fit but too early to tell," head coach Chot Reyes said of Blatche Monday after practice.

"We didn't do anything much today. We're just getting him back to the groove of things. It just be harder practice tomorrow," he added.

With 10 days to go before taking on Australia in Melbourne, Gilas Pilipinas is once again scrambling for time.

However, Blatche arriving a little earlier gives the national team some leeway in terms of forming its actual team together.

Now its just a matter of actually assembling the local crew and get them to train consistently.

"We have to make a decision like you know, the PBA players are still going to be playing with their mother teams all throughout this week," Reyes said.

"They will all still play until Sunday so you can imagine how hard,' coach Chot added. "So that's why we're kind of grappling with that situation now. That's why it's very hard to make any decisions."

 


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