At 45, Asi Taulava is ready to rock for Gilas again
Paul Lintag on Aug 07, 2018 01:55 PM
Asi Taulava, who looks as fit as he's ever been in his pro career that has spanned two decades, is set to play in his third Asian Games for the Philippine National team. (FIBA)
Normal basketball players tend to chill in retirement by the time they're 45 years old.
Asi Taulava is no normal basketball player.
The former PBA MVP, who looks as fit as he's ever been in his pro career that has spanned two decades, is set to play in his third Asian Games for the Philippine National team.
At 45 years old, Asi is part of the reinforced Rain or Shine crew that will make up Gilas Pilipinas that will compete in the Asiad later this month in Indonesia.
Dusting off his old Pilipinas uniform, Taulava is thrilled to make it back to the national team.
"Guys my age, they’re all retired, hanging around, having a barbeque, having a couple of beers. And here I am, still practicing at eight o’clock [in the evening] with the young guys," Taulava said after Gilas wrapped up its first practice following a long delay on whether or not the Philippines will actually send a team to Indonesia.
"You know, I'm very grateful, very blessed to be here and I’m just enjoying the moment right now. It’s not here to come here and hangout, we’re here to actually work," he added.
Asi is no rookie when it comes to the Asian Games. He's been to two before. He's also no stranger to the national team, Taulava's been a fixture for Team Philippines.
But after his 2015 stint with Gilas, where they ended up one win short of the Rio Olympics, it appeared that Asi is done with national team.
Well here he is again and he's excited to put in the work anew.
"Putting on this flag right here," Taulava exclaimed, pointing to the Philippine crest on his practice jersey when asked what excites him with the unusual Philippine team lineup this time around.
"When you walk on the floor, I don’t even feel my age. Blood, sweat, go out there and kill myself running up and down the court. That’s all that matters – to try to get the wins," Asi added.
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