Would you like to watch Gilas?vs. France live stream? In a couple of hours from now, the Gilas?vs. France will happen. The Philippine national basketball team dubbed as the Gilas Pilipinas will begin their quest to earn a trip to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro via the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The event will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila from July 4 to 10.
How will the Gilas Pilipinas fare against an NBA player-laden team like France which has the likes of San Antonio Spurs? Tony Parker and Nicolas Batum, who just signed with the Charlotte Hornets? Will they get intimidated against these players or exhibit the passion that they have for basketball that is known worldwide?
In an interview with TheBitBag, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin said that he do not believed that his boys will be intimidated by the likes of Parker in the tournament. ?I think our guys are really chomping at the bit, so they?d get out on the floor with these guys. I don?t think our guys are gonna take a backward step but they do understand that these are elite basketball players and elite basketball teams and it?s not going to be easy, the challenge is not easy but I think that they look forward to that challenge.?
The Philippines have been drawn to face the much taller teams from France and New Zealand In Group B of this tournament. Will a homecourt advantage and the sixth man in the passionate Filipino basketball crowd help the Gilas Pilipinas advance to the semifinals of this qualifying tournament?
Group A will see Turkey, Senegal and Canada battling each other. Top two teams from both groups will advance to the semifinals, the winners of which will contest a slot to the August-slated Summer Olympics.
Day 1 (July 5) will have Canada facing Turkey at 6 p.m. (6 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time/5 a.m. Central Daylight Time) while the Gilas Pilipinas will go up against France at 9 p.m. (9 a.m. EDT/8 a.m. CDT).
Despite having a homecourt advantage, the Philippines is clearly the underdog in this tournament if we talk about height but if we talk about passion, the rest of the world may already have a clue how big a heart the Philippines has for the sport as evidenced by its performance in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship ?wherein they finished with a silver.
This is the reason why despite having Parker, France will not be taking the Gilas Pilipinas lightly pointing to the huge advantage that a homecourt can do to a hometeam.
While Parker will be suiting up for France later, Batum will only get to play on July 7 when his new contract with the Charlotte Hornets begin.
Named into the Gilas Pilipinas roster are Jayson Castro, Ranidel De Ocampo, June Mar Fajardo, Terrence Romeo, Japeth Aguilar, Gabe Norwood, Andray Blatche, Marc Pingris, Ryan Reyes, Troy Rosario, Jeff Chan and Bobby Ray Parks Jr.
Aside from Parker and Batum, France?s lineup will have Thomas Heurtel, Antoine Diot, Joffrey Lauvergne, Charles Kahudi, Florent Pietrus, Nando de Colo, Boris Diaw, Michael Gelabale, Kim Tillie and Adrien Moerman.