JP ERRAM feels lucky to have some extra time to work with Andray Blatche in the naturalized player's short stay in the Philippines.
Blatche, who is set to leave for China on Feb. 10 to rejoin his Chinese Basketball Association ballclub Tianjin Gold Lions, has been practicing with NLEX to further familiarize himself with the system Guiao is running.
"Sobrang nakaka-overwhelm lang kasi NBA player siya eh. Ibang klase yung energy at vibes niya pag naglalaro. He's not really thinking about himself, he's involving everyone," said the hardworking big man.
Erram doesn’t see Blatche having problems adjusting to the new system.
"Yun ang hinahanap ni coach Yeng eh, can shoot, can dribble, can play in the post," he said.
Erram admitted that he still can't help but be in awe of Blatche despite him being fully aware of his array of skills.
"Sobrang quick niya. Nagulat ako kasi yung pump-fake niya, di ko inexpect na ganoon siya ka-quick," he said.
"Sa NBA, akala mo ang bagal niya, pero in person iba. Nagulat talaga ako. Parang dinaanan niya lang ako. Sobrang beterano gumalaw, ang galing talaga. Hindi siya nagmamadali, he's not forcing anything. Sobrang relaxed lang siya. Pinipick niya lang ang spots niya kung saan siya aatake."
That's why Erram feels fortunate to have the chance to team up with Blatche for Gilas Pilipinas in this all-important sixth window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers later this month, where the Philippines needs to sweep its pair of road games against Qatar on Feb. 21 and Kazakhstan on Feb. 24.
"Alam naman namin lahat na pag kailangan mo ng automatic two points, ang pupuntahan mo si Andray Blatche talaga eh. Sobrang blessed lang na may Andray kami," he said.