KaTropa's core plus Blatche will make Asian Games team
Paul Lintag on May 31, 2018 04:02 PM
Several suggestions have been presented but the best one to be decided is to send the core of one PBA team, which will then be reinforced by several other pieces including naturalized center Andray Blatche. TNT will be that team
Aside from tackling the issue of Kiefer Ravena's FIBA suspension, the PBA Board also discussed the country's participation in the upcoming Asian Games.
This year's edition, which will be in Indonesia, is set for August 18 to September 2, right in the middle of the PBA season.
The Asian Games schedule, plus the fact that the third window of the World Cup Qualifiers will take place in late June and early July, presents a dilemma to league with regards to sending a team.
The PBA Board has uninamously agreed to send a team to the Asian Games but they also want to be competitive there.
Several suggestions have been presented but the best one to be decided is to send the core of one PBA team, which will then be reinforced by several other pieces including naturalized center Andray Blatche.
TNT will be that team and the KaTropa will be reinforced by Blatche and select Gilas cadets. Alaska has also agreed to lend a player to the Asian Games squad.
"There's several challenges on the Asian Games. One challenge is we had to make a decision whether we'd like to send a team in the Asian Games and in the home-and-away [FIBA] window," PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas said.
"The other challenge was how do we send a competitive team," he added.
Several options were considered by the PBA Board, including sending an all-cadet team with Andray Blatche. However, the issue of competitiveness was brought up.
A selection of PBA teams was also explored however, the PBA couldn't afford to halt its schedule for almost two months in the middle of the season. Eventually, it was agreed upon that the core group of one PBA team will be sent to the Asian Games, with key reinforcements to make it competitive.
That way, managing the schedule will be easier.
"We decided to bring in the core team of Talk 'N Text then add a player from Alaska. At the same time get Andray Blatche," Vargas said.
"When we saw the composition we said 'this will probably be very competitive,'" he said. "With the likes of Castro, Romeo, and Troy Rosario."
The final lineup is yet to be revealed pending the review of Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes.
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