MANILA, Philippines – Naturalized player Marcus Douthit promised to help Gilas Pilipinas in any way he can even if the team gives his post to Brooklyn Nets’ Andray Blatche.
Douthit, who was a vital cog in Gilas Pilipinas’ second-place finish in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, said he will maintain his commitment to the national team.
“[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,'” the 6-foot-11 player told Spin.ph’s Richard Dy.
The Gilas team management is pressing the naturalization process of Blatche in time for Gilas Pilipinas’ upcoming international tournaments.
If Blatche gets naturalized, he will join Gilas in the FIBA Worlds and the Asian Games in Korea. Douthit will be put on reserve status.
“Ang kasunduan is [to play Blatche] in Spain and Korea. We will retain Marcus Douthit as a reserve. We owe him a lot for being with the Gilas team for such a long time,” explained Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny Pangilinan.
Meanwhile, Douthit has already recuperated from the injury he sustained in the final stretch of the FIBA Asia championship.
“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.
Douthit will be beefing up the Gilas squad when they play against the PBA selection in the PBA All-Star game on Sunday.