REGARDLESS of the outcome of Brooklyn Nets big man Andray Blatche’s naturalization process, Marcus Douthit said he remains committed to helping Gilas Pilipinas achieve its goals in the Fiba World Cup and the Asian Games.
“Right now, I’m great. I’m 100 percent and I feel good and kinda eager to play, take it day by day,” said Douthit, who will be reinforcing Gilas Pilipinas in the match against the PBA All-Star serving as the centerpiece of the PBA All-Star Week at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.
The 6-10 Douthit said he is back to full fitness and eager to play after missing the second half of Gilas’ semifinal match against South Korea as well as the finals against Iran in the last Fiba Asia championship in Manila last August.
But should the 6-10 Blatche finally get his naturalization papers in time for the Fiba World Cup, Douthit said he won’t have any problem giving way for the Nets' center.
“He (Gilas coach Chot Reyes) told me last year that they’re gonna look to naturalize someone else, and I said, 'Whatever is good for the country,'” said Douthit, who turns 34 on April 15.
“Hopefully, everything will be done, but at the end of the day, it’s (Blatche’s addition) gonna improve the team as far as practice and getting the naturalized player could help. I think it would be good for the country.”
Douthit averaged 11.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.6 assists for Gilas during the country’s runner-up finish to the Iranians in last year’s Fiba Asia showpiece.