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    Chris Ross reiterates offer to help Gilas, says spat with Guiao is in the past

    Jul 21, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    CHRIS Ross doesn't hold any grudge against coach Yeng Guiao and his willingness to help Gilas Pilipinas prepare for the FIBA World Cup even just as a practice player is proof of it.

    Ross said he's ready to extend a helping hand to Guiao and the national team and that his highly-publicized spat with the national coach definitely won't get in the way.

    The San Miguel Beer guard stressed whatever happened in the past stays in the past.

    "There is no bad blood with me and him," Ross told SPIN.ph. "He is a competitor and has his team's back. And I'm a competitor."

    "It stays in the court and in that game."

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    Ross of course was referring to a PBA Philippine Cup incident last year in which the outspoken coach was accused of hurling a racist remark against the San Miguel Beer guard.

    Guiao denied saying anything racist against Ross that time, but admitted giving him the dirty finger in the heat of the moment.

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      But all that is now water under the bridge and proof of it was Ross openly volunteering to help Gilas Pilipinas in practice as it prepares for the coming FIBA World Cup.

      "Just to give a helping hand," said Ross, a Fil-American who isn't eligible to play as a local in Fiba events because he failed to secure a Philippine passport before turning 16.

      "Sometimes I see that they only have eight or nine players practicing."

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      Besides the Meralco gym where the national team practices is just a few kilometers where the San Miguel Beer guard stays.

      "I live really near Meralco so I figured I could be an extra body," he said.

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