Andray Blatche. FIBA photo

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is now preparing for life without naturalized player Andray Blatche.

SBP president Al Panlilio confirmed they are now looking for backup options in case Blatche won’t be available for Gilas Pilipinas in the future.

“We don’t know what’s the commitment of Andray. He wants all the time to make it to the NBA and he’s playing in China. We would like to start looking for other options. Of course, we want yung mas bata,” Panlilio said.

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Chot sets sights on FIBA 2019 (October 21, 2016)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Chot Reyes

MANILA, Philippines - Newly reinstated Gilas head coach Chot Reyes said the other day his motivation on his third term at the helm of the national team is to bring the country back to the FIBA World Cup in China in 2019 and to the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

Reyes was named Gilas head coach by SBP chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan last Monday night and accepted the appointment on top of his recent assignment as TV5 president and CEO. Multi-tasking is something Reyes has been used to for years so it’s not a new experience.

“Honestly, if I were new to the Gilas job, it would be difficult,” he said. “But I’ve been there, I’ve had the experience. The key is building a great team in both jobs. Besides, Gilas isn’t an everyday job. At this point, it’s too early to name my coaching staff. I wouldn’t want to pre-empt anything. But coach Tab (Baldwin) will be our consultant like he was (at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships and 2014 FIBA World Cup). Obviously, Nash (Racela) and Josh (Reyes) will be in our staff because of their familiarity with Gilas and our system.”

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SBP eyes 2 more naturalized players (October 20, 2016)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Gilas Pilipinas vs New Zealand in a FIBA OQT match at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is looking to naturalize at least two more players to form a pool that would reinforce Gilas Pilipinas in the coming World Cup qualifying tournaments.

SBP president Al Panlilio said yesterday that Andray Blatche would remain as an option and that “a decision needs to be done (on Blatche) because there are a lot of things happening with Andray.”

Panlilio made the announcement at halftime of the Game 6 duel between Barangay Ginebra and the Meralco Bolts at Araneta Coliseum.

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 PBA clubs will still be able to draft members of the Gilas pool. FIBA file photo

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) announced the 13-man Gilas cadet pool who will also be included in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) special draft.

The players are: Mac Belo, Kevin Ferrer, Ed Daquioag, Russell Escoto, Karl Cruz, Jio Jalalon, Roi Pessumal, Roger Pogoy, Chris Tolomia, Arnold Van Opstal, Matthew Wright, Al Gotladera, Almond Vosotros.

The names were announced in a joint press conference by SBP president Al Panlilio, PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa during the half time of the Barangay Ginebra-Meralco Game 6.

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 Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Though obviously disappointed to lose his job as head coach of Gilas Pilipinas after less than two years, Tab Baldwin made it clear that he will fully support the national team program and its new head coach, Chot Reyes.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) made the surprise announcement Tuesday morning that Reyes is back as the coach of the national team, with Baldwin sliding back to his old role of "consultant."

Hours after overseeing the Ateneo Blue Eagles' 75-61 victory over University of the East in the UAAP Season 79 tournament, Baldwin opened up about arguably being demoted from the post of national team head coach.

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LA Tenorio. PBA Media Bureau

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel star LA Tenorio will spearhead Team Philippines that will participate in the FIBA 3X3 World Tour Final in United Arab Emirates later this month.

Tenorio will be joined by 3X3 veteran Karl Dehesa, former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena and Paolo Hubalde.

While the Philippines didn’t qualify for the main tournament, the four players were tapped to give the Filipino community in Abu Dhabi a treat in a side event.

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Chot not counting out Gilas comeback for Castro, RDO (October 19, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo of the TNT KaTropa. Photos courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau.

MANILA, Philippines – TNT KaTropa stars Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo both retired from international competition after Gilas Pilipinas' heartbreaking stint in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament last July, which dashed the team's dreams of playing in the Olympics.

Castro, twice named the best point guard in Asia, and De Ocampo both released statements through social media after Gilas' 80-89 loss to New Zealand that it would be the last time Filipino fans would see them in a Gilas uniform.

Or was it?

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