MANILA, Philippines – The PBA announced through its Twitter acount on Monday, August 3, the list of players requested by Gilas head coach Tab Baldwin to join the pool for the national basketball team.
Returning faces from last year’s FIBA teams that were requested for by Baldwin include Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo from Talk ’N Text, Gabe Norwood from Rain or Shine, Gary David from Meralco, LA Tenorio from Ginebra, Marc Pingris from Star, and June Mar Fajardo from San Miguel.
Some of the new faces include Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Kelly Williams from Talk ’N Text, Aldrech Ramos and Asi Taulava from NLEX, JC Intal from Barako Bull, Calvin Abueva, Dondon Hontiveros, and Sonny Thoss from Alaska, and Terrence Romeo from GlobalPort.
Significant names missing from the list include Paul Lee from Rain or Shine and Marcio Lassiter from San Miguel - two players considered in the upper echelon of the PBA today.
Lee is in the United States to attend to his ailing grandmother, according to a report in PhilStar. His Elasto Painter teammates, Jeff Chan and Beau Belga, also weren’t included in the request list of Baldwin.
Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, both from Ginebra, are also not on the list. Last week, it was reported that Aguilar is currently rehabilitating a surgery on his pinky that will last until the end of September.
Fajardo, Pingris, and Tenorio are still considered asterisks to join the team for the 2015 FIBA-Asia Championship in Wuhan, China, in September, for various reasons.
It’s been reported that Fajardo, the two-time reigning MVP of the PBA, is dealing with plantar fasciitis issues on both his feet, while Tenorio, on the other hand, has begged off from national team duty to recuperate from non-stop participating in international tournaments over the past few seasons.
Pingris, meanwhile, could miss training as he’s currently in France for family matters.
Naturalized big man Andray Blatche is also expected to be added to the pool, as well as former National University big man Troy Rosario. – Rappler.com