JaVale McGee, who was born in Flint, Michigan and is an American citizen, may end up playing for the Philippines’ national basketball team, even though he has no apparent ties to the country.
A bill has been filed in the House of Representatives in the Philippines to naturalize the Nuggets center and make him eligible to play for the country’s team. The bill was filed by Antipolo City representative Robbie Puno and cites McGee’s “remarkable track record in the United States’ professional basketball scene.” Apparently they’ve never seen this video.
McGee traveled to the Philippines twice during the lockout and expressed interest in playing for the country. He wrote the following on Twitter in January:
heard from @coachot that d Phil national team is about to be formed. Would love to represent d Phils if given d chance
— Pierre McGee (@JaValeMcGee34) January 7, 2012
It’s nice that McGee feels strongly about the country and that they seem to like him (the country is...