Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

SBP concerned about Andray Blatche’s conditioning

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SBP concerned about Blatche’s conditioning
by rick olivares

With Jordan Clarkson out of the Gilas Pilipinas picture, the country turns to an old reliable in Andray Blatche.

However, SBP President Manuel V. Pangilinan expressed desire that the Blatche that suits up for the qualifiers “Be the Blatche that suited up in Spain and not in Changsa.” The SBP official was referred to Blatche’s fitness and conditioning that clearly left much to be desired during the recent FIBA Asia Championships in China where the Philippines finished with a silver medal and out of a direct slot to the Rio Olympics. For the Philippines to qualify for Rio, they must win the Olympic Qualifiers in Manila where some of the world’s toughest teams are competing. 

“This is a different ballgame compared to the FIBA Asia because now we’re up against some of the best in the world and not the region,” explained Pangilinan.

According to Gilas team manager Butch Antonio, they clearly and explicitly impressed upon Blatche’s agent the need to be fit. “So much is riding on him at the moment,” pointed out Antonio who has been with the team since 2008. “Without Clarkson, we need to be able to hold our own inside the paint.”

When asked about the participation of the Philippine Basketball Association, Pangilinan was a little cryptic. “I think since we’re playing at home, there will not be any reasons for some of our best not to play.”

“Right now, we have our Monday practices,” said Antonio referring to Gilas. “We’re getting there. We’re not yet there but we’re getting there.”

National Team head coach Tab Baldwin will return to Manila Wednesday evening after being out the past couple of weeks due to a death in the family.

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