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Thais a different team with Lamb

Philippine national men’s basketball coach Jong Uichico said Thai-American Tyler Lamb will provide a new look to the Thailand squad that Gilas will face in their SEA Games opener at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur tonight.  The 6-5 Lamb, 26, saw action for UCLA and Long Beach State, both US Division I schools, before playing a year in the Thai league and two seasons in the ABL.

In a message from K. L. yesterday, Uichico confirmed that Lamb is in Thailand’s lineup. On whether Lamb will play as a naturalized import or a local, SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said the SEA Games Organizing Committee will abide by FIBA eligibility rules since the basketball event is administered by FIBA officials. Under FIBA rules, Lamb is considered a naturalized import unless he was issued a Thai passport before turning 16.

Tyler Lamb of Thailand. Photo from @FOXSports_PH twitter account
“Thailand will be a completely different team with Lamb,” said Uichico. “Lamb’s a perimeter guy who can play one, two and three. He’s not a post-up player.” Uichico said Thailand’s former national coach Tim Lewis, a TNT KaTropa consultant, has shared scouting tips on the players he’s worked with but isn’t with Gilas in K. L. Lewis was fired after the recent SEABA Cup and replaced by American Doug Marty. Missing for Thailand in the SEA Games is 6-7 Thai-Irish Wutipong Dasom who hit 40 points against Myanmar in the SEABA Cup. The SEABA Cup’s second leading scorer Chitchai Ananti will be in uniform for the Thais.

In the SEABA Cup last May, the Philippines crushed Thailand, 108-53. But only Troy Rosario is in the SEA Games roster from the players who swept the Manila tournament. In contrast, seven players were retained by Thailand for K.L. – Ananti, Chanachon and Patiphan Khalan, Kannut Samerjai, Teerawat Chantachon, Sukhdave Ghogar and Nattakam Muangboon.

Lamb’s mother Cherry is full Thai and his grandmother still lives in Thailand. His father Terry is American. He was born in West Covina, California. Lamb has survived two arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee and attended Mater Dei in Santa Ana, California, the same high school that produced NBA players D. J. Strawberry, LeRon Ellis and Travis and David Wear and PBA legend Vince Hizon. In 2009-10, Lamb led Mater Dei to a 32-2 record, averaging 18.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.7 steals.

Author: Joaquin Henson
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/08/20/1730979/thais-different-team-lamb

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