CHRIS Tiu wishes for a second chance at a Gilas Pilipinas call-up, even if only as a practice player.
The Rain or Shine guard signified his availability for the national team on Saturday, a few weeks after he failed to show up in the Gilas practice following the invitation of coach Chot Reyes.
Tiu, an entrepreneur who also dabbles in showbiz, said a one-week business trip abroad and a handful of tapings and shoots that he planned in advance caused him to miss the Gilas training.
“Sayang,” Tiu admitted to Spin.ph shortly after his team lost to Team Borgie, 89-88, in the Master Game Face Challenge at The Arena in San Juan.
“Late notice na eh. Hindi ko na na-move `yung commitments ko.”
But the 27-year-old celebrity would love to help the injury-riddled national squad if given another opportunity once Gilas returns from its two-week training camp in Lithuania.
“Hopefully pag balik nila, pag kailangan nila tulong ko, I’d be willing to help them out kahit sa practice man lang,” said the basketball star, a member of the original Smart-Gilas team that finished fourth in the 2011 Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship in Wuhan, China.
Among those invited, only Tiu's Rain or Shine teammate Beau Belga, and Petron's Denok Miranda heeded the call and showed up at practices.
The Boosters' Arwind Santos was also able to attend training, but only for a short while.