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    Blatche confirms Gilas Pilipinas offer, says he's interested to suit up as naturalized player

    Jan 31, 2014
    Brookly Nets big man Andray Blatche admitted he's interested to become a naturalized player for Gilas Pilipinas. AP

    BROOKLYN Nets stalwart Andray Blatche confirmed he was indeed, approached to suit up for the Philippines for the coming FIBA-World Cup as a naturalized player.

    Blatche admitted he is interested about the opportunity to play in the world basketball championship as part of the Philippine team a day after coach Chot Reyes disclosed about a pending House Bill filed in Congress regarding plans to naturalize the Nets big man.

    “It was brought to my attention a couple of days ago and I told them I'd be interested in doing it. It's cool,” Blatche told Brooklyn reporters.

    Blatche said the FIBA-World Cup in Spain is also a good opportunity for him to get ready for the 2015 season although he still doesn’t have a concrete idea on the plans of Gilas Pilipinas on him.

    “It'll help me get ready for training camp and the season. I said I'm interested, so there's a good chance of it happening,” Blatche said.

    “Basically, just go over there, and I can imagine just win. Play. Hoop. Win. Whatever. I don’t know.”

    The report on Blatche’s naturalization went abuzz among Nets beat reporters during the team’s media availability.

    The 28-year-old Blatche, who averages close to 12 points per game for the Nets, even joked that he is half-Filipino.

    Blatche’s teammate Joe Johnson was also asked by reporters if he knew if Blatche was half-Filipino, to which the high-scoring guard responded “No. But he is full of (expletive).”

    Aside from Blatche, also being considered for naturalization is Denver center Javale McGee.

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    Reyes bared on Thursday that hopefully, Blatche and McGee could be included in the 24-man line up of Gilas Pilipinas to be submitted by June 30 along with Marcus Douthit, although under FIBA rules, only one naturalized player will be allowed to see action.

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    Brookly Nets big man Andray Blatche admitted he's interested to become a naturalized player for Gilas Pilipinas. AP
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