Andray Blatche has been a citizen of an Asian country for four months. Since then, he’s lead his new country, the Philippines to remarkable basketball performances at the FIBA World Cup. He’s become a national hero in the Philippines.
But the International Olympic Committe of Asia has different views about Blatche disqualifying him from the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
There will be no Andray Blatche self-alley-oop
attempsat the Incheon 2014 Asian Games
The decision was made due to Blatche’s lack of residency in the Philippines. Asian Game rules state each naturalized player must have three years of residency of their respected country. The Philippines would be lucky if Blatche spent a month in the Philippines.
Gilas Pilipinas (team Philippines) has decided to replace Blatche with 2004 2nd round NBA draft pick Marcus Douhit.
In this summer’s 2014 FIBA World Cup, Blatche averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds helping guide Gilas Pilipinas to their first group stage victory in 40 years when they beat Senegal.