AFTER watching Andray Blatche play in two victories against American selections, Marc Pingris said he believes Gilas Pilipinas' new naturalized center is pretty impressive even if he's far from top shape.
Pingris feels the former Brooklyn Nets slotman is just at “50 percent game shape” at the close of the team’s 10-day training camp in Miami, Florida, yet he stood out in Gilas’ back-to-back victories over Miami Pro-Am (95-74) and Elev8 (93-84) over the weekend.
The San Mig star emerged from the two games impressed by the range of Blatche's shooting as well as his dribbling skills.
“Wala pa siya (Blatche) sa kondisyon pero magaling na siya, mga 50 percent pa lang pinapakita niya sa training camp,” Pingris told Spin.ph just before the team left South Beach on Tuesday for Vitoria, Spain where it will begin a series of tuneup matches.
“Alam naman ng lahat na kaya niya eh. Kahit siya nagdadala ng bola, super galing niya, kasi kaya niya iwan ang mga bantay niya, saka may shooting pa siya,” added the seven-time PBA All-Defensive team member.
As Gilas goes to its tuneup game against Angola’s national team in Vitoria, Gilas pool member Jared Dillinger said they took advantage of the Miami training camp to “untrain” their minds on the PBA style of play and adapt to international basketball.
“What coach Chot (Reyes) really try to emphasize with coach Tab (Baldwin) and the whole (Gilas) coaching staff, is basically untraining our minds on the style we used to play in the PBA and into the style that we really need to play in the international scene,” the 6-4 Dillinger said.
"It’s obvious that it’s completely different," he added.
Dillinger said Gilas should be better prepared for the Fiba World Cup now that it had the chance to finally work with Blatche, who is the team's second naturalized player after Marcus Douthit.