FIBA: Injured Kobe completes 15-hour tritp to join Gilas practice

Paul Lintag on Feb 12, 2020 09:40 PM
FIBA: Kobe completes 15-hour trip to join Gilas practice
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With a handful of players begging off to personal reasons, mainly due to injuries, an original member of Gilas Pilipinas' 24-man pool to start the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers is expected to be back just in time.

Kobe Paras, who has a bum shoulder, should be available for practice in the next couple of days.

Paras has been attending practices but is inactive. On Wednesday, he completed a 15-hour trip from Naga with the UP Fighting Maroons to join the national team at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas.

"Kobe came from Naga with the UP team. 15-hour trip, he just went straight here. He'll be in practice Friday," team manager Gabby Cui said.

Showing up when he's available, Paras is proving his commitment with the national team.

If healthy, he wants to fight for the chance to earn a spot in the Final 12.

"I'm just happy I got to practice today. Kahit injured pa ako, pinapakita ko kay coach na I just wanna be here and get to know his system talaga," Kobe said.

"This is the national team, it's not like I can just say no to this. I'll make sure na whatever happens, nandito lang ako," Paras added.

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