Lopez proud to see former teammate Blatche play for Gilas

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Nadal, Djokovic launch French Open assaults BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBrook Lopez thinks the Philippines is lucky to have Andray Blatche as its naturalized player.“I can’t say enough because I know how much he loves the game and I know how much the Filipino people love the game as well. It’s a natural partnership,” Lopez said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Lopez feels proud seeing how far his former teammate has gone since leaving the NBA with Blatche making a name for himself in the international stage.“It was great to see him be a part of the Gilas team. It’s a great thing and I love seeing him play for this country,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The two spent two years together with the Brooklyn Nets before Blatche opted to go to China and play for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in 2014.That same year, Blatche’s naturalization papers were approved which allowed him to represent the country starting in the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingLooking back at their two seasons together, Lopez shared that the 6-foot-11 Blatche is just a bundle of joy to be with, imparting character to the team on and off the court.“Playing on the same team with him, he’s such an amazing talent,” he said. “He made things easier for me when we’re on the floor together and he’s such a fun locker room guy. He brings a lot of energy. We call him ‘Dray Live’ and he’s a great guy and a great person to be around.” BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

CWG: All eyes on India-Pak hockey match

first_imgThere is nothing like a clash between India and Pakistan on the hockey field. As the two teams face off at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Sunday, it again brings into focus the stock of Indian hockey.Everyone knows that after the team failed to make it to the Beijing Olympics in 2008, there was outrage at home. People said coach Joaquim Caravalho should be booted out and that’s exactly what happened. Just after that, the KPS Gill-led Indian Hockey Federation was also ousted.Two-and-a-half years later, nothing much has changed in Indian hockey. One thought hiring a foreign coach would kill all the ills that plagued it. Men running the sport changed, coaches changed and Jose Brasa, who was supposed to be the miracle man, took charge.When India failed to do well in the World Cup in New Delhi at the start of the year, Brasa had said it was too early to expect results. But months later, after the hammering at the hands of the Aussies in the Games, all Brasa could come up with were lame excuses like lack of match practice. The travel schedule of the Indian hockey team, shows that the team has perhaps travelled to every nook and corner of the world. So how can Brasa say Indians “lack in match exposure”? It is the flimsiest excuse that can be offered.The clash against Pakistan will be watched with great interest on Sunday and tickets are hard to find. Pakistan will be keen to exact revenge after the way they lost to India at the same venue in the World Cup.advertisementBut the bigger picture is of how this Indian team has struggled to play with consistency. At a time when India has done well virtually in every other sport in the Commonwealth Games, men’s hockey has been absolutely low key.It brings into focus how, despite loads of money being spent on Brasa, nothing has been achieved. People in the know admit that Brasa is forever cribbing about what he has not got from Hockey India and how promises made to him have not been kept.Another lament of his is how the management does not let him choose the team he wants.Whichever way one looks at it, Brasa has been a big failure and has let down Indian hockey. The Guangzhou Asian Games in November will be Brasa’s last assignment.But the bigger question is, who will set Indian hockey right?last_img read more