MARCUS Douthit cannot wait to don the Philippine colors again, this time for Mighty Sports in the Merlion Cup in Singapore.
But first, Douthit said he needs to be in shape
"No way (I'm not yet in top form)," Douthit told SPIN.ph on Friday during the team's practice at the Northeast Greenhills Gym on Friday ahead of the September 21-25 tournament in Singapore.
"Tip-top form is different. Working out is one thing, playing basketball is different. I'm probably 70 percent."
Nonetheless, Douthit, who last played basketball more than a month ago in South Korea, is expected to bring experience to a team bannered by former PBA imports Al Thornton and Hamady N'Diaye.
"I'm bringing experience here. I've been around a long time. I know how to fit in," the longtime naturalized player of Gilas Pilipinas said.
"I'm just here to make sure we focus on the task at hand which is winning. I'm not here to try to score 50 poitnts. I'm here to keep everyone together as a team."
A Los Angeles Lakers draft pick, the 6-foot-11 naturalized Filipino last suited up for the country in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore where he guided the Gilas Cadets to the gold medal.
And he wants no less than the championship now for the Mighty Sports team which will also parade new faces in Gelo Alolino, Ralph Banal, Jason Deutchman, and Matthew Wright, among others.
"Yes of course because we got great imports and great locals," he said when asked if a gold medal-finish is within reach. "Obviously other teams will not have the size that we have and definitely, we need to use to our advantage."
But since he's 'back home,' the inevitable question is asked: Will he play for Gilas if called?
"Yes, no doubt, if the opportunity presents itself, of course I will take it," he said emphatically.