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    SMB marksman Marcio Lassiter may also be unavailable for Gilas pool. Here's why

    Jul 28, 2015
    Marcio Lassiter is coming off a splendid season with SMb. Jaime Campos

    MARCIO Lassiter is also in danger of missing out on Gilas Pilipinas.

    Spin.ph sources said the San Miguel Beer top gun may not be available for the national team bound for the 2015 Fiba Asia championships since he is in the US dealing with an illness in the family.

    Lassiter is one of the players eyed for the Gilas team bound for the Olympic qualifier in China after a splendid season that saw him win two league championships with the Beermen and stand out as one of the PBA's premier marksmen durng SMB's run to the Governors Cup title.

    News of Lassiter's likely non-availability comes on the same day Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio begged off from Gilas consideration citing fatigue and poor form. The former Ateneo star was a starter for Gilas since winning MVP honors in the Philippine team's conquest of the Jones Cup in 2013.

    Aside from the two, SMB center June Mar Fajardo is dealing with plantar fasciitis on both feet while another Gilas mainstay, Marc Pingris of Star, is set to leave for France to be with his dad's family following the death of the mother of her stepmom.

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    Both are doubtful for the pool which the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is scheduled to announce on Monday, according to SBP executive director Sonny Barrios.

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    There are also fears naturalized player Andray Blatche may not be able to get his release from his Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) club for the tournament beginning on September 23.

    [See SBP exec admits Baldwin won't get all the players he wants for Gilas pool]

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