PBA: 'Mama na' Paul Zamar ready to do battle for Blackwater

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 10, 2018 02:39 PM
PBA: 'Mama na' Paul Zamar ready to do battle for Blackwater
Paul Zamar is one day away from having his PBA dream come true

Four years after getting drafted but left unsigned, Paul Zamar is all set and all ready to make his PBA debut on Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.

Suiting up for Blackwater, the now 30-year-old is nothing but confident he is ready to go to war in Asia’s first pay-for-play league.

For that readiness, Zamar credits his stint with Mono Vampire. “I think, (the biggest change for me) is being a boy to becoming a man. Hindi lang sa ABL (Asean Basketball League), pati na rin sa TBSL (Thailand Basketball Super League), marami akong natutunan,” he said.

He then continued, “Sa Thailand, naging mama na talaga ako.”

After a stellar career with University of the East, the gunslinger threw his hat in the 2012 PBA Draft. There, he was drafted in the fourth round by Ginebra, but was not able to sign a contract.

Since then, he returned to the PBA D-League and then ventured to Bangkok where he has only found success – national titles in the TBSL, international contention in the ABL, and personal fame with the growing basketball nation.

More than that, Zamar said he has also made huge strides off the court. “Ang laki ng naturo sa akin (nung time ko dun), especially sa pagiging independent. Kahit masakit na iwan ko family ko, full support pa rin sila sa akin,” he said.

He then continued, “And ngayong may chance na akong makauwi, ‘di ko na pakakawalan.”

Giving him the chance to come home and prove himself here are the Elite who are in need of a boost for their backcourt.

Mono head coach Douglas Marty said that Blackwater will only get better with the arrival of the 5-foot-11 guard. “Any team in the PBA will be wise to give Paul a contract because he can play and he’s such a team guy. He’s a glue on and off the court,” he said.

The always amiable mentor continued, “Paul is such a great individual – the character he brings to the team, the leadership, the dedication to the game, and the unselfishness are amazing. Not to mention, he’s a great basketball player too.”

Proving Marty right and staying true to his identity, Zamar flew back to Thailand with Mono after they lost the ABL championship to Alab Pilipinas a week ago.

There, he settled all things and made it clear how grateful he is for the opportunity given to him by the Vampire.

Now he’s back home, the son of coach Boycie Zamar only wants to keep taking full advantage of his chances. “Ang goal ko lang is magbigay ako ng positive energy sa kanila. Alam kong nasa losing streak ang Blackwater so I’m just gonna give my best to them like what I gave to Mono Vampire,” he said ahead of their matchup with Ginebra.

Whatever happens now, Paul Zamar will be able to say he has fulfilled his dream of playing in the PBA.

And whatever happens now, Paul Zamar will always have a bridge he can cross once more – a bridge he made sure not to burn. “Kung ayaw nila sa akin sa PBA after my contract, babalik ako (sa Thailand). Gusto ko rin namang mag-champion sa ABL balang araw,” he expressed.

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