IS Chot Reyes running out of patience with Andray Blatche?
The naturalized player again delayed his arrival in the country by another day after failing to come over on Friday as he earlier promised Gilas officials.
The latest he told Gilas Pilipinas: He’ll be in Manila by Saturday evening.
“(Andray) Blatche didn’t board last night,” said team manager Butch Antonio. “They say tonight again. So he’ll arrive tomorrow (Saturday) naman.”
The new arrival schedule meant the 30-year-old Blatche won’t even have the benefit of a one-week practice with this latest batch of Gilas team ahead of its campaign in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship beginning on Friday.
Blatche, a former NBA veteran who previously had stints with the Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets, had already put off his departure plan a few times following the birth of his first son, whose christening he also had to attend.
His failure to arrive at the promised date and given the proximity of the Seaba tournament had prompted Reyes to express his displeasure over the repeated delays.
Blatche’s latest no-show has prompted Reyes not to expect anymore until he has seen the 6-foot-10 player in the flesh.
“Until he’s here, you’ll never know,” said the Gilas coach.
But a person knowledgeable about the situation disclosed Reyes is very much aware of the itinerary of Blatche. The national mentor is even being considered by the New York native to be a godfather to his newly-born son, the source added.
“SMH,” was the cryptic message Blatche posted on his Twitter account @drayblatche.
Reading between the lines, Reyes seemed to be playing mind games with the same naturalized player he personally chose for Gilas.
“I know ang daming bumabatikos sa akin because yung interview ko na sinabi kong buwisit na ako kay Andray and all that,” he said. “They don’t just understand that there’s a reason behind it.
“You cannot write that, but you can speculate the reason behind it,” Reyes added. “Hopefully, mabuwisit siya sa akin so much that he wants to prove that you know, he’s still the guy.”