Asi thought his latest Gilas stint was a joke
Paul Lintag on Aug 07, 2018 02:50 PM
Asi Taulava found on on social media that he's back on the Philippine national team. He thought it was a prank. (FIBA)
Just like his old comrade James Yap, Asi Taulava found out that he's set to compete in the 2018 Asian Games via social media.
Taulava, who's not as active online nowadays, thought he was getting pranked when he got the message to check on his social apps.
"I though I was seeing things," Taulava said after the national team wrapped up practice in preparation for the Asian Games later this month in Indonesia.
"Somebody messaged me to check social media. I haven’t been really active on social media and they said check it, there's a surprise for you. I thought somebody ran a prank on me or something. I thought that there was something else. I saw my name I was like oh my god! I started calling my wife, we made it back!" Asi added.
Last Sunday, August 5, the PBA and the SBP had a joint press conference at the Araneta Coliseum to announce that the Philippines will indeed send a basketball team to the Asian Games.
This was after the SBP decided to withdraw from the quadrennial event in midnight statement about two weeks prior.
Rain or Shine's PBA core will make up Gilas Pilipinas for the Asian Games but NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, who used to handle the Elasto Painters, added a few reinforcements.
Taulava, who plays under Guiao with the Road Warriors, is one of those reinforcements.
"I guess, you know, me getting to understand playing for coach Yeng and us being in Macau [for Super 8], just adapting to his style of basketball, I guess made his decision easier for him to add me on," Taulava said on his inclusion to the national team at 45 years old.
"And just for the height and size, you know, playing against the other guys especially the other big men in Iran, Haddadi, we’ve known each other for so long and you know, we maybe friends off the court, but on the court, we’re both playing to win. I wanna get another win over his head. So, if me knocking down a couple of threes, it’s gonna be fun. I’m looking forward to that. I’m loving the new me now, just around the perimeter, shooting threes and running around. And it’s a lot easier for my body. So the wear and tear, so that way I can still get a rebound," he added.
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