MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives has approved the naturalization of NBA big man Andray Blatche on the third reading.
Congressman Robbie Puno filed the bill seeking Blatche’s naturalization on January 29, saying the 6-foot-11 forward/center will be a major boost to the Philippine national team when they play in the FIBA World Cup later this year.
Blatche is seen as a back-up in case Marcus Douthit, another naturalized player for Gilas Pilipinas, gets injured.
Only one naturalized player per team is allowed by FIBA.
Blatche, an eight-year NBA veteran, currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets and has career averages of 9.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. -- Mornings @ ANC, March 11, 2014.