Ross hoping for another Gilas tour of duty
Mark Escarlote on Jun 01, 2020 05:41 PM
(Photo: Richard Esguerra)
San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross is more than willing to lend his services one more time for Gilas Pilipinas if given the chance.
Speaking on the Athletes’ Tribune podcast, Ross said that he’s ready for another tour of duty in the Southeast Asian Games next year in Vietnam.
“I’m only eligible for SEA Games and Asian Games those are the two (tournaments) they told me I’m eligible for. I’m 35 now but if they do pick me I’ll be ready,” said the Fil-American.
The eight-time PBA champion realized his dream of donning the national colors last year when he helped Gilas Pilipinas cop the gold medal last year in the Manila edition of the biennial meet.
It was an opportunity of a lifetime for Ross, who had difficulty landing a spot in team before mostly due to him not having PHI passport by the age of 16, when Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas decided to field an all-pro team.
Although things are still uncertain if SBP will again send an all-pro team, an amateur squad or a selection of both to the SEA Games, which will be held November next year, Ross is confident that if chosen he can still bring the same energy and passion he gave in his first national team stint.
“I mean, I take care of my body. I can go out there and run around with whoever you put in front of me or whoever I need to compete with. I’m confident in myself in that way,” he said.
“But whoever they choose… I think Tab (Baldwin) is the head of Gilas right now. He’s a really smart basketball mind too. I’m sure he’ll pick the guys that will work in the slot,” Ross added. “If they end up do picking me or if they do pick me, if they want me to be around the team, I’ll be more than happy to lend my services and try to compete.”
In his SEA Games stint, Ross didn’t need to score much in a stacked Gilas lineup but still contributed with 7.6 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals.
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