TNT KaTropa chief playmaker Jayson Castro has formally begged off from the Gilas Pilipinas team which will see action in the upcoming FIBA World Cup set to place in China from August 31 to September 15.
The 32-year old native of Bacolor, Pampanga has served the country’s national basketball team for seven consecutive years and has been hailed as Asia’s best point guard twice – during the 2013 and 2015 stagings of the FIBA Asia Championship.
Castro, who just recently walked down the aisle with long-time partner Lyle, bared that he wants to spend more time with his family and has relayed the message to head coach Yeng Guiao and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan.
“Sabi ko sa kanila I want to focus muna sa family ko, kasi almost seven years na non-stop basketball,” said Castro.
The six-time PBA champion has repeatedly postponed his wedding due to commitments with the national team.
‘Sobrang dinedicate ko yung sarili ko doon, as in yung brain ko nasa Gilas,” said the 11-year PBA veteran.
“Naintindihan naman nila coach Yeng yun nga pinag-usapan namin yung situation kung bakit ako nagpapaalam muna sa Gilas. And even yung mga bosses sa Gilas. Siguro it’s time to give the younger guys naman the chance, at saka nakita ko naman na ready na rin sila,” added Castro.