Blatche still open for Gilas duty, eyes Dubai title for Mighty

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers fleecenter_img Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption “Last year, they finished third. Definitely wanna go out there and represent the country once again and definitely try to come and win a championship,” he said.“When they called me, [there] wasn’t even a hesitation,” he added.Blatche, now 33, is still very much open to serve Gilas Pilipinas once more.“Would I?” he asked, alluding to suiting up for Gilas anew. “Definitely. Definitely.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ Earlier this month, the SBP revealed that it has begun looking for new candidates for a naturalized player and even publicly reached out to former San Miguel Beer import Chris McCullough.Blatche, who was the Nationals’ go-to center in its last two World Cup stints, said he has seen the 24-man talent pool, half of which are amateurs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I’ve seen a couple of guys that [weren’t] at all surprising … But [it] also depends on which import they are going to bring in,” he said.For now, Blatche, a 6-foot-11 international journeyman with stints in the NBA and CBA, said he will be tethering his focus on Mighty Sports—a team he will be leading in the Dubai International Tournament in the Emirates beginning January 23. FILE – Andray Blatche during Gilas Pilipinas practice last July. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines — Many-time Gilas Pilipinas big man Andray Blatche said the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has not reached out to him.Blatche gave a brusque “No,” when asked whether the country’s basketball federation has contacted him for another stint with the program, which has now turned its sights on the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Experience key for Kingad vs debuting Chinese foelast_img