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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What Seems To Be The Trouble With Gilas 3.0

With barely 2 months left before the battle for Asian cage supremacy begins at Changsha, Hunan, China, Gilas Pilipinas have yet to release the names of the players included in it's pool. 

Are PBA Teams Willing to Loan Players?

The perennial problem for the national team has been the reluctance of ballclubs from the Philippine Basketball Association to lend players for international competitions. We have never really truly sent the best national basketball team to international competitions for the longest time. Yet again, this seems to be an issue for Gilas 3.0. Talk has spread that Gilas coach Tab Baldwin even had a heated exchange with a PBA team owner in one of the meetings. This issue also seems to delay the release of the names included in the Gilas 3.0 training pool that Coach Tab has submitted to the PBA a long time ago.


Greg Slaughter Ineligible?

If no one has yet noticed, Greg Slaughter has not played a game for the Philippines in an official FIBA tournament. He did play for the Philippines in the SEA Games and the Asian Games, but never in a SEABA tournament, the FIBA Asia Cup, or the FIBA Asia Championships. Could this be because he is ineligible? FIBA eligibility rules state that for a player to qualify as a natural-born player of the country he wishes to represent, he must have obtained his passport from that country before he reached the age of 16. According to the rumor mills, Greg vaguely recalls that he could have had a Philippine passport already when he was still a kid based on the memory that he traveled frequently to the Philippines. Note though, that he never really needed a Philippine passport to travel to the Philippines since he will still be admitted with a US passport. Should this be the case, Gilas 3.0 may have to reactivate evergreen center Asi Taulava who can provide much needed heft and height in the frontcourt. Let's cross our fingers though that Greg is eligible.

Will Andray Blatche Play?

Andray Blatche made the Philippine quintet really competitive in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. Many Filipino basketball fans now look forward to seeing him again in a Pilipinas uniform in the 28th FIBA Asia Championships in Changsha, Hunan, China. But rumors are swirling that the former Brooklyn Nets center is turning his back on the country that has adopted him as it's own. The word is that Blatche may have been influenced by the Chinese not to play. Remember, he plays in the Chinese Basketball Association. This could probably be the reason why Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas talked to the Lakers' Fil-am guard Jordan Clarkson as he may be considered as Gilas 3.0's naturalized player. If not, Gilas 3.0 may have to settle with old reliable Marcus Douthit, who at 35, may be a step slower than he was in 2013. But Douthit provides much needed ceiling at 6'11" compared to the 6'6" Clarkson, although obviously Clarkson is the better talent.

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