PBA: Alex Compton clears air on Calvin Abueva situation
Philip Matel on Jun 24, 2018 11:03 PM
Alex Compton had given an update about Abueva's status, who is currently preparing with Gilas Pilipinas in their game against Chinese Taipei
Alaska Aces coach Alex Compton has given an update regarding Calvin Abueva's status with the team, as the forward misses his fifth straight game with the team.
The scrappy Abueva has not seen action since the last game of the PBA All-Star week in Iloilo, where he scored 41 points and hauled in 27 boards in the Visayas leg of the exhibition.
He had been suspended by the team last June 2 due to 'personal issues'.
However, the mentor had given an update about Abueva's status, who is currently preparing with Gilas Pilipinas in their game against Chinese Taipei in our neighbor to the north on Friday, June 29.
"He's playing for Gilas. He's getting ready for Gilas, he's focused on that. I can't share a little more with you guys...There are some things that we talk about, don't talk about, we keep stuff quiet," Compton said after the game.
Furthermore, he bared that the San Sebastian alum's salary is still being given to him, although the Aces management garnishes some of it due to his suspension as a fine.
"He's got a family, so it's not like, we can't... yeah, so he has been, the whole time, getting his salary with a fine. The amount won't be disclosed. That's not public business, but I know there are some concerned fans, so I'm allowed to share that."
Compton even drew comparison to Abueva's absence to the journalists who were interviewing, putting the analogy closer to home to the sportswriters.
"If one of your buddy reporters can't work, is that a reason for you to not do your job well? Is that a reason for you to maybe not work harder? Yeah. That's how I feel. So, I don't take excuses for anybody. We have guys that wear the Alaska jersey, practice every day. I don't care who's putting it on, you better honor it, and I don't think we honored it. "
Abueva averages 10.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, in 19.9 minutes per game in his five appearances this conference.
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