Brooklyn Nets’ Andray Blatche. Reuters
MANILA – Brooklyn Nets’ Andray Blatche says he looks forward to representing the Philippines in the 2014 FIBA World Basketball Cup.
Although he admitted not knowing anything about the naturalization process in the Philippines, he said he is “cool with it.”
“I’m not too quite sure about anything about it,” he said in a New York Times report. “They brought it to my attention, and I was like, ‘Yeah, that sounds cool.’ ”
Blatche said playing for the Philippines could widen his network and take him to places where he has never been before.
He added that the FIBA World, which runs from August to September, will also be helpful for his preparations for the next NBA season.
“I’m looking at it from the standpoint that I can go where I’ve never been before,” said Blatche, “and also it’ll give me an early head start to get ready for training camp and for the season.”
According to the New York Times, Blatche has been a big contributor for the Nets, where he averages 12.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
Blatche is one of the two NBA players being eyed for naturalization for Gilas Pilipinas.
Antipolo Rep. Roberto Puno has filed two bills to start the naturalization process of Blatche and Denver Nuggets’ Javale McGee.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is hoping to use either Blatche or Javale to improve Gilas Pilipinas' chances in the FIBA Worlds.