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Filipino national team member Andray Blatche: Laundry Philippines Heart!

Aug 28, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

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Andray Blatche, who most recently played for the Nets, remains an NBA free agent.

Internationally, Blatche has been scooped up by the Philippines.

How did Blatche – who was born in New York and has no known Filipino heritage – come to represent the Philippines in the World Cup?

Rafe Bartholomew of Grantland has an in-depth look at the Blatche-Philippines relationship, including a particularly funny anecdote.

Earlier this summer, Blatche tweeted:

Bartholomew:

It was a well-intentioned gesture — if only he had used the hashtag #LabanPilipinasPuso!, which means “Fight Philippines Heart!” instead of one that roughly translated as “Laundry Philippines Heart!”

Andray being Andray.

  1. money2long - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Or is it Laundray being Laundray ?

  2. campcouch - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    He might like pancit and adobo…which are tasty.

  3. antistratfordian - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    He’s rockin’ that Barong Tagalog like a boss.

  4. muhangis - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    This guy is a very underrated and talented plus productive basketball player. It’s just a shame that the judgmental hate on him (for what? I’m not sure) has really destroyed his career

    • elcaminobilly - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:43 AM

      Well said. He was a huge presence for the Nets and they will regret not bringing him back next season. This is coming from a lifelong Nets fan.

    • bougin89 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      “It’s just a shame that the judgmental hate on him (for what? I’m not sure) has really destroyed his career”

      Are you being serious? Maybe you should ask Wizard fans this question.

      I think he was a productive player the last two years for the Nets. Skill was never the question with him. That being said, all the judgement or “hate” on him is justified. He brought that on himself.

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