Blatche to play in World Cup qualifiers
GILAS Pilipinas has yet to reunite with Andray Blatche, but it’s only a matter of time before the naturalized big man rejoins the team.
Blatche has been tapped to lead the Philippines in its Fiba World Cup qualifiers bid, set to start on November 24 in Japan, and the former NBA veteran hinted at his soonest return.
“Be back with my brothers real soon to take care of business #puso,” Blatche wrote on his Instagram account.
The 31-year-old Blatche hasn’t donned the national team colors since the Fiba Olympic qualifying in July of 2016.
He was supposed to be with Gilas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon but pulled out due to security reasons.
Gilas started its buildup on Nov. 3 with a closed-door session and has since been holding twice-a-day trainings.
After Sunday’s morning practice, the team left for Tagaytay on Sunday for its three-day training camp.
Apart from Blatche, fourtime PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Jayson Castro are also expected to lead Gilas’ bid to return to the World Cup.