Gilas Pilipinas embarks yet on another historic journey following their moral victory-filled campaign in the recently concluded 2014 FIBA World Cup tournament-- this time in beautiful Incheon, Korea as part of the 2014 Asian Games.
By now, you've probably heard of Gilas' little debacle concerning 2014 FIBA World Cup reinforcement Andray Blatche and of how he will not be suiting up for the team in Korea owing to a technicality. In his place is resident Gilas' import Marcus Douthit, who'll have to (re)convince the entire Filipino basketball community that though he's not at par with the offensively-gifted Blatche, he can still get the job done.
Now, because of the way our team performed against some of the World's best basketball teams, it's easy to fall into the trap of expecting an instant medal finish-- hell, a gold even being that we're the only Asian team that wasn't blown out by more than 15 points in a single game the entire 2014 FIBA World Cup.
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This, after a rocky and un-Paul Lee-like series of events that began when the proclaimed "Angas ng Tondo" left to suit up for flag and country in Wuhan, China unsigned by the Elastopainters who only wished to "respect their star guard's privacy and have him focus on his Gilas duties." After Lee performed like a star for the national team, suddenly, news had him wanting out of the Elastopainters' camp. Suddenly, his long time manager and adviser Lawrence Chongson made his presence felt in the media rounds-- openly campaigning for his ward to go elsewhere (like a decent manager should).
To put things in perspective, Chongson voiced out that Lee felt "disrespected" for not being singled out when the Elastopainters' went on the "no one is sacred" rant in their quest to acquire a long coveted and much needed post player. It was warranted yes, but for a guy who is made to play a little over 25 minutes a game while putting up 13 points yet will still be offered the MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE contract... bayad ka na, hindi ka naman pagod.