Andray Blatche - updates

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Blatche arrives but no Kai Sotto yet for star-studded Mighty

Jan 12, 2020 - 3:06 PM

A Mighty Sports squad bannered by Andray Blatche, Thirdy Ravena, and Kai Sotto gears up for a Dubai tilt next week

Gilas Pilipinas, SBP moving on from Blatche

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:13 PM

The SBP and Gilas Pilipinas eye a different naturalized player for the qualifiers of the FIBA Asia Cup starting in February

THE END? Andray Blatche may have played his last game for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup last year. Photo from

Blatche vows to keep fighting as Gilas Pilipinas seeks first win

Sep 07, 2019 - 1:48 AM

Dropping its fourth straight game in the FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas has one final try to go home with at least one victory

FRUSTRATING. Not even Andray Blatche finding his rhythm could propel Gilas Pilipinas to a win. Photo from

Blatche not playing up to par, but Guiao not pointing fingers

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Coach Yeng Guiao hopes Andray Blatche delivers in Gilas Pilipinas' last 3 FIBA World Cup games

STRUGGLING. Andray Blatche has not made much of an impact for Gilas Pilipinas in its first two games in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Blatche takes responsibility for no 'puso' in blowout to Italy

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Andray Blatche offers no excuse after accounting for 9 of Gilas Pilipinas' 23 turnovers in their 46-point loss to Italy

BLOWOUT. Andray Blatche says the lopsided loss to Italy is on him. Photo from

Guiao seeks 'better conditioning' for Blatche, 'better chemistry' for Gilas

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:07 AM

The national team has more than a month left to ramp things up for the global hoops showdown

KEY PIECE. Andray Blatche will be crucial for Gilas Pilipinas in his second straight FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Blatche back as Gilas boosts buildup for FIBA World Cup

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Andray Blatche buckles down to work with the Philippine team with less than two months to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup begins

DRAY BACK. Andray Blatche returns to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Blatche to join Gilas World Cup training in July

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:11 PM

Expect a well-conditioned Andray Blatche to arrive in Manila on July 8

IN SHAPE. Andray Blatche is pouring his best effort in order to deliver for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA

Blatche locked in as Gilas' naturalized player for FIBA World Cup

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:32 PM

National team coach Yeng Guiao says the former NBA player deserves to keep his spot, considering he was the one who led the Philippines back to the World Cup

BACK-TO-BACK. Andray Blatche is expected to see action in his second straight FIBA World Cup . Photo from FIBA

Clarkson, Blatche prove Guiao wrong: 'Pusong Pinoy sila'

Mar 08, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Contrary to his expectations, the Gilas Pilipinas mentor admits both players are 'really humble guys'

ONE-TWO COMBO. Andray Blatche (left) and Jordan Clarkson (right) impress Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao. Photos from FIBA (Blatche), Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Guiao) and Adrian Portugal/Rappler (Clarkson)

Gilas coach Yeng Guiao: 'We need Blatche'

Mar 08, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Coach Yeng Guiao admits Gilas Pilipinas needs a 'top shape' Andray Blatche in its 2019 World Cup campaign

VITAL PRESENCE. Gilas coach Yeng Guiao expects Andray Blatche to be in his best shape again in the World Cup campaign. Photo from FIBA

Andray Blatche as PBA import? Unlikely

Mar 01, 2019 - 9:30 PM

As Gilas Pilipinas gears up for the FIBA World Cup, the SBP had hoped to have Blatche see action in the PBA so that he'd be at the team's disposal

WHERE TO GO? It is still unsure where Andray Blatche will play as he prepares to lead the Philippines in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

June Mar Fajardo a 'game changer' as Gilas heads to World Cup, says Blatche

Feb 25, 2019 - 7:56 AM

The five-time PBA MVP holds the fort for the Philippines against Kazakhstan with the naturalized player forced to sit on the bench due to foul trouble

BIG CONTRIBUTIONS. June Mar Fajardo makes his presence felt as the Philippines qualifies for the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time. Photo from FIBA

Gilas wants Andray Blatche for the long haul

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:46 PM

After missing the last two windows of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, the former NBA player proves it's just right to bring him back to the national team

ELECTRIFYING COMEBACK. Andray Blatche says there is 'no blessing bigger' than playing for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA

Blatche: 'No bigger blessing' than playing for Gilas

Feb 22, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Missing the last two windows of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, the former NBA player proves to be just what the doctor ordered in his emphatic return

BACK IN TOW. Andray Blatche dons the national colors for the first time since July 2017. Photo from FIBA

In short time, Blatche learns – and likes – Guiao's system

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Despite being away from Gilas Pilipinas for half a year, the former NBA player makes up for lost time and familiarizes himself with the team

HEAVY EXPECTATIONS. Andray Blatche will try to lead the team to triumph in must-win away matches in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Life without Blatche again as Gilas prep resumes

Feb 11, 2019 - 9:28 PM

The Nationals will be without the naturalized player for almost a week after he left the country to honor his commitments with his Chinese team

WAITING GAME. Andray Blatche will reunite with Gilas Pilipinas 5 days before its World Cup qualifying clash against Qatar. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Blatche a 'game changer' for Gilas, says Guiao

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:52 AM

For a team that has its back against the wall in its World Cup bid, the former NBA player sure is a welcome addition thanks to his experience and skill set

REINFORCEMENT. After missing the last two windows of the World Cup qualifiers Andray Blatche is back in Gilas Pilipinas' fold. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Blatche back in tow as he rejoins Gilas in practice

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The former NBA player reunites with national team mainstays Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo and Gabe Norwood

BACK AT IT. Andray Blatche will reinforce the national team once more. Photo from FIBA

Blatche returns to PH to reinforce Gilas

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:31 AM

The former NBA player will once again don the national colors after missing the last two windows of the World Cup qualifiers

NATURALIZED PLAYER. Andray Blatche will represent the Philippines anew in the international stage. Photo from Instagram (@butch_antonio)

Blatche, Barroca return to Gilas in 14-man pool for World Cup qualifiers

Jan 15, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Nationals face must-win games against Qatar and Kazakhstan in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers in February

COMEBACK. Andray Blatche will once agian reinforce the Philippine basketball team. File photo from FIBA

'Nothing final yet' on Blatche's Gilas status, says Guiao

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

The former NBA player says he 'can't wait to win' the Philippines' final two games in the World Cup qualifiers

BIG BOOST. Andray Blatche could don the national colors again after missing 4 games in the World Cup qualifiers. File photo from FIBA

Gilas 'bad boyz' ready to return, says Andray Blatche

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The clamor to bring the former NBA player back to the national team has intensified as the Philippines enters the final stretch of the World Cup qualifiers

BAD BOYZ. Andray Blatche (left) claims that Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva are ready for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos from FIBA

Yeng Guiao still undecided on Andray Blatche's Gilas status

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:17 AM

Fans on social media have expressed their disappoint over the former NBA player being left out of the Philippine team after it fell to Kazakhstan and Iran at home

NOT OUT. Andray Blatche could still suit up for Gilas Pilipinas in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo from FIBA

Blatche 'hurt' by Gilas non-inclusion, but says he's always available

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:11 PM

The former NBA player claims he turned down offers to play in China just so he could be available for the Philippines in the World Cup qualifiers

WAITING. Andray Blatche will have to wait until the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers to have a chance of playing for the Philippines again. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Andray Blatche not completely out of Gilas program

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Philippine team head coach Yeng Guiao admits it's a 'big risk' having the former NBA player sit out the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers

WAITING GAME. Andray Blatche can still play for the Philippines in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers in February. Photo from FIBA

Yeng Guiao 'experimenting' without Blatche

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:01 AM

'I feel that maybe If I can talk to him, maybe I can lessen the disappointment but I really don't know how he values my counsel,' Guiao on Andray Blatche

'WELP'. Andray Blatche reacts to head coach Yeng Guiao's decision not to include him in the 20-man training pool. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Andray Blatche just 'waiting' Gilas callup

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:25 PM

The 6-foot-11 center could form a formidable frontcourt with PBA giants Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo if Yeng Guiao chooses to acquire his services

COMEBACK. Andray Blatche is raring to return for the Gilas Pilipinas following a two-game suspension. Photo from FIBA

Guiao thrilled handling tallest PH team frontcourt in history

Oct 31, 2018 - 3:39 PM

National team coach Yeng Guiao looks forward to the team up of June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar with the returning Andray Blatche

TOWERING PRESENCE. Back from injury, June Mar Fajardo will don the national colors again in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers. Photo from PBA Images

Asian Games still a go for Romeo, banned Gilas players

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:01 PM

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas says FIBA ban only covers the FIBA World Cup qualifying games

ELIGIBILE. SBP clarifies that the banned players are still eligible for the Asian Games. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Blatche dedicates heartfelt apology for FIBA brawl to his son

Jul 03, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Gilas' naturalized center does not want his son to follow what he did during the melee

'BAD TURN'. Andray Blatche is still in shock with the way he reacted to protect Roger Pogoy in the brawl between Philippines and Australia. Photo byJosh Albelda/Rappler

Romeo returns to international play as Gilas lineup vs Chinese Taipei revealed

Jun 28, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Terrence Romeo's comeback provides a major offensive boost for the national side that's missing guards Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas

COMEBACK. Terrence Romeo suits up for the national team for the first time in a long while. File photo from FIBA

Andray Blatche unfazed of Australia side backstopped by Bucks duo

Jun 14, 2018 - 1:04 AM

Gilas Pilipinas will have its hands full against the Aussies, who will parade Milwaukee Bucks players Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker

REDEMPTION. Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas seek to exact revenge on Australia in the 3rd window of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIBA World Cup. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

TNT core, Blatche reinforce Gilas cadets in Asian Games

May 31, 2018 - 6:37 PM

National team mainstays Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy – all KaTropa players– are expected to lead the Philippines' Asiad team

ASIAD-BOUND. Majority of the TNT KaTropa are bound for the Asian Games. the File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Bashers are 'going to find something else,' says Blatche

Feb 26, 2018 - 6:33 PM

After drawing flak for his subpar outing in Gilas' loss to Australia, Blatche redeems himself with a double-double in the win over Japan

REDEMPTION. Andray Blatche lets out a huge scream as Gilas turns back Japan. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Gilas Pilipinas beats Japan at MOA Arena

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Gilas Pilipinas shows composure in the endgame to keep Japan winless in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

ANCHOR. Andray Blatche goes with a double-double to power Gilas' win over Japan. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chot Reyes comes to defense of criticized Andray Blatche

Feb 26, 2018 - 12:28 PM

'Andray makes us competitive, regardless of what the numbers or the stats show,' says Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes

REDEMPTION. Andray Blatche proves he can also fill up the stats sheet. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Andray Blatche focuses on losing weight ahead of Gilas campaign

Feb 14, 2018 - 10:40 AM

The naturalized big man admits he was out of shape during Gilas Pilipinas' wins over Japan and Chinese Taipei in the first window of the FIBA Asian Qualifiers

SLIMMER. Andray Blatche says he prepared twice as hard as Gilas Pilipinas faces powerhouse Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes still trusts Andray Blatche

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:22 PM

Gilas coach Chot Reyes says, 'I think we’ve seen the worst of Andray’s games but hopefully, in the next window, he’s going to be in better basketball shape. He would play a couple months in China so that should be able to help'

OFF NIGHT. Naturalized Andray Blatche had an off-night offensively, but made up for it. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Andray Blatche arrives to reinforce Gilas Pilipinas in 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Nov 19, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Andray Blatche is confident in his upcoming stint with the Gilas Pilipinas squad

CONFIDENCE. Andray Blatche is confident that the Philippines can get on the winning  path this 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Blatche on not suiting up against Chooks to Go: 'I can’t play against my Filipino people'

Sep 29, 2017 - 2:53 PM

Andray Blatche chose flag before club in sitting out China Kashgar's game against Chooks to Go Pilipinas

KUYA ANDRAY. Andray Blatche opted to sit out the game rather than help his Chinese club defeat the Philippine team. Photo from

Blatche: There are a lot of reasons why I can't join Gilas for FIBA Asia Cup

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:09 PM

The naturalized center will not joint the Philippines at the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon

NO BLATCHE. Andray Blatche will not be with Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA Asia Cup. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Lopez on ex-Nets teammate Blatche playing for Gilas: 'It's a natural partnership'

May 29, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Brook Lopez is all praise for Andray Blatche who has been reinforcing the Philippine team since 2014

BACK IN MANILA. Brook Lopez (C) stands with AXA Philippines President and CEO Rahul Hora (L) and NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson in his return to Manila for the first time since 2012. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Andray Blatche's mom enjoys watching her son play in Manila

May 14, 2017 - 10:56 PM

Angela Oliver says this is the first time she s watching her son Andray play for Gilas in person

SUPPORTIVE. Andray Blatche's Mom, Angela, watches Gilas Pilipinas play. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Blatche all smiles as he settles in with Gilas ahead of SEABA tilt

May 08, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Check out photos of Andray Blatche back in the Gilas Pilipinas fold

ALL SMILES. Andray Blatche is all smiles as he reconnects with his Gilas Pilipinas teammates. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Blatche's arrival delayed with birth of child, Reyes upset

May 03, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes says he s considering replacing Andray Blatche as the 2017 SEABA Championships move closer

REPLACE BLATCHE? Coach Chot Reyes is not ruling out potentially replacing Andray Blatche, whose arrival in Manila is delayed with the birth of his son, Andray Jr. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Blatche expected to join Gilas by end of April

Apr 11, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The naturalized import will once again bolster the Philippine national team when it competes in the 2017 SEABA Championships

ARRIVING SOON. Naturalized import Andray Blatche is expected to arrive in Manila at the end of April. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas center Andray Blatche plays for China in FIBA club tournament

Oct 09, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Blatche scores 10 points and grabs 8 boards in his team s first game

Gilas Pilipinas: defeated, but unbroken

Jul 08, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Gilas Pilipinas may have a different lineup next time but the team has shown the ability to rise up from adversity time and again

WATCH: Highlights of Gilas Pilipinas vs New Zealand

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:23 AM

Relive the Philippines vs New Zealand match at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament through these highlights