ANTIPOLO CITY — Marcus Douthit said he definitely intends to play for the national team again but that will depend on the plans of the next Gilas Pilipinas coach.
Douthit is still under contract with the Philippine national basketball team for one year but admitted in an interview with Spin.ph that he does not have an idea what’s next for him with Gilas Pilipinas.
“They are looking for a new coach. When they appoint the new coach, we’ll see that my plans are going to be. I’m still under contract but for now, I don’t know what will happen as far as my plans for the year,” said Douthit, who watched the PBA games at the Ynares Center here.
Douthit returned to the country after a much-needed break to spend his time with his family following a grueling and controversial stint in the Asian Games.
In the Asiad, Douthit was criticized by coach Chot Reyes for his anemic play during a game against Qatar, calling him a “quitter” and “un-Filipino.” He was then benched in the next match against Korea.
Gilas Pilipinas finished in seventh, the country’s the worst placing in Asian Games history and eventually Reyes withdrew his name from consideration as coach for the next phase of the national basketball program.
Douthit said changes in the coaching ranks are normal in basketball, just like the decision on whether he will continue to play for Gilas Pilipinas.
“It’s a business. The management felt they need a different direction. If they choose to go a different direction, it’s their decision,” said Douthit.
With the controversy behind him, Douthit said he will begin practicing with Talk ’N Text on Wednesday to get in shape, and not because the team plans to get him as an import.
“Nothing in black and white,” Douthit said, with regards to him possibly being an import for Talk ’N Text. “Just to stay in shape for now.”