PBA: No revenge, just rejoicing for Paul Zamar in debut

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 11, 2018 10:23 PM
PBA: No revenge, just rejoicing for Paul Zamar in debut
Paul Zamar's PBA dream is now a reality

BINAN, LAGUNA – Paul Zamar's dream came true on Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena here. 

The now 30-year-old finally made his PBA debut in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup for Blackwater. 

This, six years after he was drafted in the fourth round by Ginebra, but left unsigned. 

As fate would have it, Zamar's first game in Asia's first pay-for-play league came up against the Gin Kings. 

And at the 1:54 mark of the first quarter, he took the floor. 

Right then and there, he had his first welcome to the PBA moment as it was league legend Mark Caguioa who approached him. Asked about it, he answered, "Sabi niya, 'Welcome to the PBA.' Sabi ko naman, 'Oo, ang tagal kong hinintay.'" 

He then cotinued, "Surreal feeling for me." 

Not that long after, he made good on his first PBA basket with a three at the 6:41 mark of the second quarter. 

In the end, however, Ginebra came out on top of the Elite, 105-91. 

And while his debut ended in a loss, the 5-foot-11 guard said he is nothing but glad that his PBA dream is now, at long last, a reality. "Okay naman. Enjoy naman, pero siyempre, gusto pa rin namin sana yung end result, panalo," he said. 

Without a doubt, he took full advantage of each and every second he was on the floor, totaling 15 points built on four triples on top of six rebounds in 21 minutes of action. "Sa tingin ko, dapat ang attitude naman ng isang professional basketball player eh regardless (if) gamitin ka one minute or matagal, dapat ready ka," he said. 

Of course, Zamar had an extra chip on his shoulder – up against the team where he should have begun his career with. "In general lang, excited ako to play in the PBA. Nagkataon lang na Ginebra lang first game," he said. 

He then continued, "Sa akin, dream ko as a basketball player na makapaglaro sa PBA so I'm very excited. Bonus na lang na Ginebra yung kalaban." 

Moving forward, he can rest assured that his debut is out of the way and he could focus on just getting better. 

With that, the son of coach Boycie Zamar will have help once he gets home. "Hindi ko nga alam kung (nandito si coach Boycie), pero ang alam ko, kung 'di man siya nanood ng live, nanood siya sa TV. Looking forward sa comments niya sakin mamaya," he shared through chuckles. 

Welcome to the PBA, Paul Zamar. 

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