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    Chot Reyes upset after Andray Blatche arrival delayed again, hints at replacing him

    May 2, 2017
    Gilas naturalized player Andray Blatche is set to arrive in the country on Friday at the latest, according to his handlers. Jerome Ascano

    CHOT Reyes didn't hide his displeasure after Andray Blatche's arrival was delayed yet again, just over a week before Gilas Pilipinas' campaign in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The naturalized player was supposed to arrive in the country early Monday, but again postponed his departure for the Philippines to attend the christening of his newly-born baby.

    According to Blatche and his handlers, the latest hel'll be arriving is on Friday - which would be exactly a week before the May 12-18 showpiece in Manila.

    Reyes is naturally upset with the delay, to the point that he threatened to replace Blatche if he doesn't arrive over the week.

    "I'm very upset with the unfolding of events," Reyes admitted at the end of Gilas practice on Tuesday at the Meralco gym.

    "Andray knows it, his handlers know it. And like I said, pag nagka-aberya pa ito, we're going to replace him."

    Reyes said he's concern about the state of shape Blatche is at the moment, even if he's coming fresh from steering the Xinjiang Flying Tigers to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) championship.

    But at the same time, the NBA veteran's arrival meant practicing with Gilas for just six days before plunging into action in the tournament qualifier for the FIBA Asia Cup.

     

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    Gilas naturalized player Andray Blatche is set to arrive in the country on Friday at the latest, according to his handlers. Jerome Ascano
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