ANDRAY Blatche admitted he has little knowledge of how competition is going to be in the 2015 Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship next month.
Blatche refused to say how he expects Gilas Pilipinas to fare in the coming September 23-October 3 meet in Changsha, China, saying he has no clue on what they're up against except for China where he plays pro basketball for the Xianjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
“I only know about two teams. China and us. Other than that, I’m not quite sure about the other teams,” said Blatche during the team’s practice at the Meralco gym.
Blatche played with Gilas for the first time during the 2014 Fiba World Cup. Marcus Douthit was still the country's naturalized player when the Filipinos finished runner-up to Iran during the 2013 edition of Fiba-Asia in Manila.
Blatche also skipped the Asian Games in Korea.
Asked about his assessment of the Chinese, a many-time Fiba-Asia champion, Blatche had little to say as he reiterated his focus is on how Gilas Pilipinas will work as a team.
“I played there. They got some good players. But our main focus is about us, and what we are going to do,” said Blatche.
Blatche is coming back to Gilas for the 2016 Olympic qualifier without some of the same players he had for teammates during his stint in last year’s world basketball championship in Junemar Fajardo, Marc Pingris, LA Tenorio, Paul Lee, and Jeff Chan.
But the former Brooklyn Nets star said he has enough time to know his new teammates in order for them to work as one.
“My focus is on my teammates. I saw most of the same guys back. We all know what it takes. It’s going to be a process. We’ve got to continue practicing and competing,” said Blatche.