Bill seeking naturalization of NBA center JaVale McGee filed


NBA Center JaVale McGee. AFP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The dream of having NBA stalwart JaVale McGee representing the Philippines could become a reality.

A bill seeking to grant the high-flying NBA center a Philippine citizenship has been filed Tuesday by Antipolo City Representative Roberto V. Puno in a move to boost the line-up of the national basketball team.

Puno, who also initiated 6-foot-10 center Marcus Douthit’s naturalization two years ago, sponsored House Bill No. 6169 before the Fifteenth Congress.

McGee, who helped the Denver Nuggets push the Los Angeles Lakers to their limit before falling short in Game 7 of the recent NBA playoffs, visited the country twice last year with the support of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas and the MVP Sports Foundation.

McGee’s naturalization, though, isn’t certain as it would still have to undergo due process.

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  • Toni

    basketball is not for filipinos. unless we modify our genes to have heft and height, there really is no future. wake up… oops I forgot… it’s hard to wake up someone who is pretending to be asleep. Mahirap gisingin ang nagtutulog-tulogan.

    Philippine basketball is nothing but circus. I am not a crab pulling down others – I am just being realistic. I have long accepted this reality – not future for us in basketball.

  • MyNameIsMags

    such stupid ideas! you can take all NBA players to play for our national team and win all the tournaments, but where is the honor there? other countries will say “they only won because they forced foreigners to be naturalized and play for them”! there are lots of young and good potential players all over the country, why don’t we develop these young talents? Why asked these foreigners to play on our national team? and in the first place, they don’t have any Filipino blood!

    • Marlon

      they are asking these foreigners to play because they are tall.

      Filipino players, who may have talent and heart, stand no chance against taller players because, no matter how good or fast you are, you still have to shoot a ball inside a ring 12 feet above the ground and if an athletic 7 footer stands in your way, game over.

      mag-football na lang kasi tayo.

    • jan kirkc

      So do you think other countries in Europe does not do that? For example McCaleb of FYR macedonia he is a naturalized on the country How about Belgium they got Mbenga a former NO hornets player to play also Kyrie Irving he was born in Austrailia for that they need him to play for their country but he still needs more time to think about their offer and last Lithuainia are also dealing with the naturalizing of Ty Lawson.Lets Face it guys, We need McGee on our country so that we will have a chance in the Championship. I do care about our Honor and Dignity 

  • Jun Henandez

    philippine basketball team chokes all the time. the game between south korea shows that. they don’t have the nerves of steel. it’s really the players who are liable

  • KurakotNaPinoy

    Who are they kidding, these crocotrapos?

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    is this really important for the country? itong mga politiko natin wala ng maisip na bill para sa ikabubuti ng bansa…

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