MARCUS Douthit said he longs to play for Gilas Pilipinas to complete some "unfinished business" when the national squad competes in this year’s Fiba World Cup in Spain and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Gilas' naturalized player said the two major tournaments will give him the chance to erase the memory of a calf injury he suffered during the last Fiba Asia men's championships in Manila which forced him to sit out the second half of the South Korea match and the final against Iran.
“I mean I’m definitely bothered every time I watch the (replay of the Fiba-Asia) games, especially when I got hurt because that was one of the highlights of my career,” Douthit said when Spin.ph caught up with him during the Rain or Shine-Meralco game on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"So definitely, there’s a lot of unfinished business left."
The 6-10 big man out of Providence said he has been diligently undergoing rehab and training seriously to get back in shape in what could be his final tours of duty with Gilas.
Douthit, who turns 34 next month, said he’s aware that his inclusion in Gilas’ final roster remains hanging owing to the bill filed in Congress by Antipolo City Rep. Robbie Puno that seeks to naturalize Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche.
But if he would have his way, Douthit expressed his eagerness to suit up for the Gilas national squad and help the country make history in the Fiba World Cup as well as the Asian Games.
“I’m glad I’m still a part of it (Gilas national pool). Let’s see what happens in Spain, on whether I’m at the final team or not but I look forward to staying with the team,” added the Douthit, the Los Angeles Lakers’ 56th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft.
The native of Syracuse, New York averaged 11.9 points and 9.4 rebounds for Gilas during the national team’s silver medal finish in last year’s Fiba Asia basketball showpiece.