Andray Blatche raring to bounce back for Gilas Pilipinas
"The last time I was here, the last two games, I was way out of shape and I couldn't perform the way I wanted to and it bothered me and I was very frustrated and I dedicated myself to this window." --- Andray Blatche.
After a terrible showing for Gilas Pilipinas last November, Andray Blatche is raring to bounce back for next week against Australia and Japan.
Out of shape during the first window when the Philippins challenged the Japanese and hosted Chinese Taipei at home, Blatche has been working out in China where he plays for the Xinjian Flying Tigers.
For the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, the naturalized Filipino showed in great shape and is ready to go.
"I just worked out twice a day the whole time in China preparing for this," Blatche said Tuesday after practice.
"The last time I was here, the last two games, I was way out of shape and I couldn't perform the way I wanted to and it bothered me and I was very frustrated and I dedicated myself to this window," he added.
Whil Blatche is in better shape now compared to last time, Gilas head coach Chot Reyes says that his big man still has a lot to work on between no and next week when the national team takes on Australia in Melbourne.
"Well, I liked his movement. You could see by the way he’s shooting the ball and his offense that he’s slowly getting in shape. But I think he still has to improve some more his ... he has to get his game legs under him, because before he came here, he was with his team in China but he was on the reserve list so he wasn’t really playing games," Reyes said of Blatche.
"He was continuously practicing but he’s not in real game shape. We have a week before the Australia game to get him back into that. But the problem is we’re not able to play actual games, and the only way to get in game shape is to play actual games. That’s the dilemma that we’re facing," he added.
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