Psychological tests help Calvin Abueva as he moves on from "worst" part of career
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Aug 10, 2020 02:38 PM
"Hindi ko na po tino-throwback lahat ng nangyari sakin. Fino-forward ko kung paano ko sila makakalimutan at kung paano ko male-learn yung lesson ko." — Calvin Abueva.
Calvin Abueva is moving on.
2019 was not kind to Calvin Abueva at the slightest, as multiple incidents on and off the court turned his life and career upside down. Currently still suspended by the PBA, Abueva calls the past year as easily the worst of his career.
"Totally mental block ako noong panahon na yun," Abueva told former PBA Commissioner Nolie Eala on Power & Play.
"Di ko rin masabi sa sarili ko kung bakit ko ginawa yun. First time nangyari sa buong career ko yun, yun ang gulo na pinaka-malala, pinaka-worst," he added.
After leading the Phoenix Fuel Masters to the no. 1 seed and a breakthrough semifinals in the Philippine Cup, Abueva's 2019 took a turn for worse in the team's opening weekend in the Commissioner's Cup.
First, Calvin was caught on camera making lewd gestures towards the girlfriend of then Blackwater rookie Ray Parks late in a game Phoenix already wrapped up.
Second, Abueva clotheslined TNT import Terrence Jones in a heated game that the KaTropa ended up winning in a blowout.
The KaTropa game was the last appearance on the court for Calvin so far as total of P90,000 from the PBA and his own team, an indefinite suspension followed.
It didn't help that marital problems soon struck Calvin as well though thankfully, he and his wife Sam have since made up and their relationship looks to be stronger than ever in 2020.
In the midst of all this, Abueva has found solace in his psychological sessions.
The sessions are mandatory for his PBA reinstatement but he plans to continue taking them on his own even after his suspension is lifted.
"Laking tulong sakin yung psychology, the best part sa life mo. Kailangan mo rin makilala yung sarili mo," Abueva said.
"Ako sa sarili ko, I want to go back kasi mas magiging peaceful ako na male-learn ko kung ano yung mga dapat ko rin makita sa ugali ko at sa katayuan ko," he added.
In experiencing the worst, Calvin learned the value of taking cafe of your own mental health.
As he moves on to possibly greener pastures, Abueva hopes to also showcase on new and better version of himself.
"Hindi ko na po tino-throwback lahat ng nangyari sakin. Fino-forward ko kung paano ko sila makakalimutan at kung paano ko male-learn yung lesson ko," he said.
"Ang sakin, gusto ko mapakita yung ako, hindi lang sa basketball, maski yung sa likod ng backboard na Calvin Abueva," the Beast added.
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