THIRDY Ravena would have loved to make a run at a first Southeast Asian Games gold medal, but he won't dare question the decision of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to field an all-PBA lineup.
"Absolutely not. If that’s what the SBP and the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) think would be fit for this tournament, so be it," the Ateneo star said.
Gilas Pilipinas coach Tim Cone held off adding the eight amateurs to his 15-man pool as he put premium on the team's familiarity to his system, thus naming six Barangay Ginebra players to the group.
And even Ravena would admit that this group, despite not having a naturalized player, can still stake its claim as the best in the region.
"This is a very strong lineup. Just looking at it on paper, talagang mai-starstruck ka, so I just can’t wait to see them play in the SEA Games," the Ateneo forward said.
Ravena said he'll keep himself ready when that eventual call to don the national tri-colors comes.
"I’d do anything to play for the country. I’d do my best to represent the country," he said. "I’m just trying my part to be ready. Kung kailan man ako tatawagin, I want to be ready."