UAAP coaches want Andray Blatche replaced
Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin thinks that Andray Blatche’s stint with Gilas Pilipinas as a naturalized player should run its course already.
In an exclusive interview by Abante in UAAP Season 82 press conference, Baldwin called out the 6-foot-11 center for being out of shape and his lack of effort for Team Pilipinas.
The former PH national team coach also pointed out the former NBA cager’s abysmal performance against Italy where he ended up scoring 15 points, but ended up committing game-high nine turnovers and -39 plus/minus points.
“He hasn’t shown the kind of commitment as a coach I would want, he doesn’t come in and shape (up) and I think when he expect things to revolve around him, he’s very difficult to coach, especially when a guy does not really perform with his capabilities,” the Ateneo mentor said.
“But that is something he has to handle, that coach Yeng has to handle and see what they can produce going forward, but hopefully he’ll be disappointed in his performance and come back better. If he does that, he certainly has the talent but it’s gonna be a hard road from here,” he added.
The two-time UAAP titlist also thought that Blatche should be replaced already, and he knows a player who will be a perfect replacement for Team Pilipinas – someone who has already represented Gilas during the 2018 Asian Games.
“I think we need to go searching right now and find a guy first, high character, a guy who really wants to represent the Philippines, and he’s not just coming for the money, he really wants the opportunity, probably a younger player,” Baldwin explained
“If today I had to choose on what’s available, I’d go with Jordan Clarkson.”
The Cavs guard has proven last year that he could mesh well with Gilas Pilipinas, plus he is also much younger and more passionate for the game and country.
Meanwhile, FEU head coach Olsen Racela also agreed with Baldwin’s sentiment, as he also assessed that Blatche has become a liability.
“From last night’s game, hindi, obviously. He could not take advantage of certain situations. The other team has just switching palagi so si Blatche had a hard time posting up or isolate from the outside,” Coach Olsen stated.
Gilas is set to face the heavy-favorite Serbia this Monday, and Racela hoped that the 33-year-old Blatche will not only bounce back, but also prove that he is still deserving to play for Gilas.