Newsome Nears ‘Pilipinas’ Dream

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Chris Newsome remembers all too well how he came oh-so-close at realizing his lifelong dream of playing for the Philippines.

“We thought everything would be OK. I was actually going to suit up in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games when I first got here, when coach Norman [Black] was coaching. But that’s when [Fiba] implemented the rule and that’s when I found out that dream is going to be on hold,” he recalled.

Last month, the international basketball federation (Fiba) finally recognized Newsome as a local owing to his decades-long residency in the Philippines despite getting his passport at 20. Fiba requires players to have passports of the country they want to represent by age 1…

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