Last year, Andray Blatche flew into Manila for Gilas training camp and he was…well, he wasn’t in good shape. With that said, by the time the FIBA Asia Championship began, Blatche was beasting, and his production was integral to the team’s success.
This time out, Blatche’s journey to Manila was pushed back, as he opted to be with his mother, who is having surgery next week. Despite the delay, the former NBA big man is already looking good, as seen in these photos from Philippine Star columnist Quinito Henson.
Take a look at Andray Blatche! Slim, fit and ready to rock for Gilas … he's arriving Manila on May 27 … Dray would've flown in May 15 but his mom is undergoing surgery May 24 in South Carolina so he's staying to be with her … his mom celebrated her birthday the other day and Dray surprised her with a 2016 Escalade!!! Dray will fly out of Atlanta … to keep in shape, Dray has been running 10 miles up and down Stone Mountain every other morning, swims, works out, does basketball drills and eats healthy … Dray said he's got a good feeling Gilas will win the FIBA Olympic qualifier … I think this will be our year, he said … Dray said his only focus is Gilas and he's committed to the Philippines, the Filipino people, the fans and the Gilas program … he said he can't wait to start practice with coach Tab and his Gilas teammates @draylive #FIBAOQT #gilaspilipinaspuso #LabanPilipinasPuso
Here's a shot of Andray Blatche in his every other early morning workout at Stone Mountain in Atlanta … running 5 miles up and 5 miles down with (from left) Kevin Durant's older brother Tony, trainer Rory Jones and brother Tre … check out full story of Dray interview in The Dean's Corner on philstar.com or the Philippine Star newspaper today (Sunday, May 22) … Dray said experts predicted Gilas would lose every game by 30 pts at FIBA World Cup in Spain 2 years ago but the Philippines came close to beating Croatia, Argentina and Puerto Rico and won its 1st game on the global stage in 42 years! Dray said he has a good feeling Gilas will pull it off at the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament at the MOA Arena on July 5-10 @draylive #FIBAOQT #gilaspilipinaspuso #LabanPilipinasPuso Let's pray and go all out in cheering for Gilas!!!
Hopefully this augurs well for the Philippines, which is hosting one of the three FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in July.
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