PROOF that it is after the welfare of national cause, management of Rain or Shine is volunteering the services of big man Raymund Almazan to Gilas Pilipinas.
Co-owners Raymund Yu and Terry Que both agreed to lend the lanky center to the national training pool after one of their players in Paul Lee formally begged off from suiting for the team due to his recurring knee injury.
"We're willing and ready to release Raymund Almazan to Gilas especially if he could be of big help to coach Tab Baldwin," said the two longtime basketball partners on Tuesday night.
Unfortunately, technicality could prevent the former NCAA MVP from Letran from joining the Gilas pool.
As per Fiba rule, Gilas could only get replacement for injured players from the 24-man lineup submitted to the world governing body for basketball early this month. And a check of the roster revealed Almazan's name was not included in the list.
Nonetheless, the Rain or Shine owners said their offer still stands.
"Especially if coach Tab will find the need to use Raymund, we're more than willing to lend him, " Yu added.
Injuries have hit Gilas the past few days that saw Greg Slaughter, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, and Lee drop out of the team that is now in deep training for the Manila leg of the Olynpic Qualifying Tournament this July.
Lee is one of Rain or Shine players who are currently part of the Gilas pool, along with Gabe Norwoord and Jeff Chan, who's also nursing a separate injury that could also hinder his participation with the national team.
As early as the Philippine Cup, Baldwin has expressed his intention, and even talked personally, to Almazan about him desire to have him at Gilas.
But since Rain or Shine already has three healthy players in the pool, management deemed it best not to allow 'Rock N Roll' to become part of the national team.
That was before. Certainly not now.