Interested in taking part in for Gilas Pilipinas, Greg Smith made fairly an impression when he joined the national group’s Thursday night apply at Meralco Gym.
Coach Chot Reyes didn’t deny that he favored what he noticed from the Blackwater import, who gave a glimpse of what the long run holds if certainly the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) pursues the naturalization.
“He picked things up very quickly and that’s very typical of players who’ve been to the NBA. They’ve seen it all, they got a lot of experience. But the thing we like about Greg is he’s 26. He’s very young. He’s still got a lot of upside, a lot of potential,” he stated. “Even at that young age, he’s already been in the NBA for five years. Because of that experience, he’s able to pick things up very quickly. His (knowledge of system) is still not yet to the level of the others, but we could already see what he’s capable of.”
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However, Reyes is aware of that the method of naturalization is a tedious, which could throw a wrench on SBP’s plan of discovering a backup participant in occasions when Andray Blatche is unavailable.
Still, the early turnouts are proving to be promising with the best way Smith carried out on Thursday.
“What I like about (Smith) is it was Blackwater which wanted to come and work out with us,” stated Reyes. “Of course, our door is always open and big props to Blackwater management, because they really want to help the team in that manner. We’ve always put out the word that our practice is open to players who are thinking about applying for naturalization.”
Smith, in the meantime, is simply elated with the chance to work out with the national group.
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“Our team manager (Johnson Martines) told me about the opportunity, and I told him, ‘Why not?’ This is a big opportunity for me to come out here, showcase my skills, and perform with these guys — the best players in the country. So why not come here and show what I got to be a part of this team?,” he stated. “It was
good. very productive. I feel I fit their system. I feel I’ll be a great fit.”
Though the wheels haven’t turned but, Smith stated that he would like to hit the court docket with the Gilas pool members, saying that it will be his pleasure to signify a nation he fell deeply in love with.
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“It’ll be a blessing to play with these guys. These guys are great and I played against a couple of them and they’re all good. The coaching staff is great. This team is great. Obviously, I practiced with them to showcase my abilities,” he stated.
“I’m absolutely blessed for this and I’ll be blessed to have a call to come back.”
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