Jayson Castro won't play for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Castro himself bared this on Friday in the aftermath of TNT's 109-102 win over Columbian Dyip in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Having served the country for almost seven years, the 32-year-old Castro said he will skip the China showpiece in August to focus on his family. He got married last weekend.
The TNT star said he talked to Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao as well as SBP officials, team patron Manny V. Pangilinan about it.
"I told them I want to focus on my family because I've been playing non-stop basketball for almost seven years," Castro told reporters who were waiting for him outside the team's dugout at the Cuneta Astrodome.
They understood. After all, Castro was so dedicated he postponed his marriage for his national team duties.
"I really gave my all for Gilas," said Castro in Filipino.
Hailed the best point guard in Asia twice, Castro said it was time to pass the baton to the younger players.
"I guess it's time to give it to the younger guys. After all, I know they are ready for the challenge," he said.
Asked if he is retiring from national team, he said the one word that could break the hearts of the hoops-crazy nation.
"Maybe," he said with a smile.