Sources: Blatche reluctant to join Gilas in Lebanon Fiba Asia

 

Sources: Blatche reluctant to join Gilas in Lebanon Fiba Asia

first_imgDon't miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return An obvious reason for Blatche’s reluctance, according to one of the sources, is the peace and order situation in Beirut, the Lebanese capital where the games will be held.Reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer, Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra, Alaska’s Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort and TNT KaTropa’s Jayson Castro are considered shoo-ins for the Asian Championship squad.The PBA had agreed a few days ago to go “all in” for Gilas as Reyes now has a free hand to assemble the best team possible in a tournament where Australia and New Zealand will play in for the first time after Fiba had merged the Asia and Oceania regions.Meanwhile, Reyes and the rest of the Gilas team that finished fourth in the Jones Cup in Taipei planed in home on Monday morning and the coach is set to have a meeting with the SBP leadership and his assistant coaches to be able to finalize the lineup.As of now, Fiba already has a 24-man list – Blatche and Standhardinger included – forwarded by the SBP a few weeks back, and from there, Gilas’ final roster will come.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Standhardinger is scheduled to play in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug, 20 together with some members of the Jones Cup team led by amateurs Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks, Raymar Jose and Kobe Paras.Baser Amer, who is playing with Meralco, and Troy Rosario, a mainstay of TNT KaTropa, will join Ravena and Co. as they try to win the Philippines’ 18th cage gold medal in Malaysia.Considering the SEAG lineup, Reyes will have just 15 men to choose from for the Fiba Asia team, meaning he would need to just cut three men, one of them being the off-form Mac Belo, the top pick in the last PBA Draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This, despite the SBP reportedly being forced to bite the bullet, so to speak, with Blatche commanding a very high price to again play for the country.Blatche has been Gilas’ naturalized player since the 2014 World Cup in Spain where he helped the Filipinos win their first game – an overtime thriller over Senegal – in the classification phase in over 40 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The SBP had the rest of Monday and the morning of Tuesday to convince Blatche and his handlers as Reyes has to beat the deadline, otherwise, the cage body could be forced to tap Christian Standhardinger in the place of the former Brooklyn Net in the NBA.Should this happen, the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger would be playing two events in three weeks as he would also be suiting up in the Southeast Asian Games a week later. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Top-seeded John Isner wins 3rd Hall of Fame title MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Andray Blatche. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChot Reyes will submit his 12-man roster to Fiba Asia by 12 noon on Tuesday, and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is cramming to convince Andray Blatche to sign up as the former NBA star has been reluctant in joining the team in the Aug, 8-20 regional showcase in Lebanon.Two different sources told the Inquirer that Blatche has yet to get on board even with just over two weeks left before the country tries to win the Asian Championship for the first time in 44 years with a team backstopped by the best talents in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rocketslast_img

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