Chris Newsome wouldn’t have been faulted if he stayed at home for the Philippines’ first game in the Fiba World Cup on Friday.
The Meralco guard has been the most consistent volunteer for the national program, hauling his bags to every gym where Gilas Pilipinas was holding auditions for roster spots. He was also part of what national coach Chot Reyes called “the deepest cut” the team’s tacticians had to make to trim the roster to a final 12.
And yet, there he was at Philippine Arena, helping the team get warmed up for the game against Dominican Republic.
“That just shows that I’m committed to this program 100 percent, I’m going to do whatever the program needs, the coaches n…