Marcus Douthit still has an unfinished business with Gilas-Pilipinas despite the pending naturalization of Andray Blatche who is set to replace him


Marcus Douthit's place in the Gilas-Pilipinas line-up is still uncertain after the management decided to tab Brooklyn's Andray Blatche to become the Philippine basketball team's new naturalized player.



But Douthit is still unfazed and even said that he longs to play for Gilas to complete some "unfinished business" when the national squad competes in this year’s FIBA World Cup in Spain and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Blatche's naturalization is in the process and is already in the senate waiting for approval from the legislators.
Even by this, Gilas' naturalized player still said that the two major tournaments will give him the chance to erase the memory of a calf injury he suffered during the last FIBA-Asia men's championships in Manila which forced him to sit out the second half of the South Korea match and the finals against Iran.

They eventually finished second as they vowed to Iran in the Finals but still got the ticket to the World Cup.
“I mean I’m definitely bothered every time I watch the (replay of the FiBA-Asia) games, especially when I got hurt because that was one of the highlights of my career,” Douthit said when Spin.ph caught up with him during the Rain or Shine-Meralco game on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"So definitely, there’s a lot of unfinished business left."

Douthit's in rehab
The 6-10 big man out of Providence said he has been diligently undergoing rehab and training seriously to get back in shape in what could be his final tours of duty with Gilas.
Douthit, who turns 34 next month, said he’s aware that his inclusion in Gilas’ final roster remains hanging owing to the bill filed in Congress by Antipolo City Rep. Robbie Puno that seeks to naturalize Blatche.



But if he would have his way, Douthit expressed his eagerness to suit up for the Gilas national squad and help the country make history in the FIBA World Cup as well as the Asian Games.
“I’m glad I’m still a part of it (Gilas national pool). Let’s see what happens in Spain, on whether I’m at the final team or not but I look forward to staying with the team,” added the Douthit, the Los Angeles Lakers’ 56th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft.
The native of Syracuse, New York averaged 11.9 points and 9.4 rebounds for Gilas during the national team’s silver medal finish in last year’s Fiba Asia basketball showpiece.

But if Blatche's naturalization is approved, many fans already thought that Douthit will be in the back sit as Blatche has a good reputation as an NBA veteran and is even vital to the Nets campaign in the upcoming NBA Playoffs.

The Nets are currently in the 5th place in the East with a 37-33 win loss record with 12 more games remaining.

--- with reports from Spin.ph



Marcus Douthit still has an unfinished business with Gilas-Pilipinas despite the pending naturalization of Andray Blatche who is set to replace him Marcus Douthit still has an unfinished business with Gilas-Pilipinas despite the pending naturalization of Andray Blatche who is set to replace him Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 3/28/2014 Rating: 5

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