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Reyes declines former SMB import’s offer

NATIONAL basketball Team Coach Chot Reyes declined former San Miguel Beer import Charles Rhodes’s offer to be a naturalized player for Gilas Pilipinas.

Reyes said that at 32, Rhodes is not what the team has in mind to reinforce the young core of the national team. He stressed the need for younger legs for Gilas.

At 32, former San Miguel Beer import Charles Rhodes no longer fits into the basketball body’s criteria for a foreign reinforcement.
“I appreciate the offer of Charles Rhodes to play for Gilas. We really like his game,” the 54-year-old Reyes said. “But our mandate in the search for naturalization candidates is to go for youth—in the 23 to 28 years old range.”

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is scrambling to find a replacement for 6-foot-10 American Andray Blatche, who begged off from the Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut where the country finished in seventh place.

Time is not a luxury for Reyes, whose team needs a reinforcement in time for the Fiba World Cup qualifiers that start in November.

Author: Ramon Rafael C. Bonilla, Business Mirror
Full Article: http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/reyes-declines-former-smb-imports-offer/

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