PBA: Poy Erram happy to be playing alongside 'Kuya Asi' Taulava

Santino Honasan on Jan 07, 2019 06:47 PM
Poy Erram happy to be playing alongside 'Kuya Asi' Taulava
"Ang laking tulong na may mag-aadvice, kasi napagdaanan na lahat ni Kuya Asi yun eh, so laking tulong na andiyan siya, binibigyan niya ako ng advice."

Already, Poy Erram has found himself a mentor in his new NLEX team. 

The six-foot-eight center who was acquired from Blackwater via a three-team trade, immediately found himself relishing playing alongside a "big brother" of sorts in 20-year veteran Asi Taulava. 

Taulava, of course, has been a key rotation big man for NLEX since 2014, but more importantly, the 16-time PBA All-Star has become one of the young team's locker room leaders. 

His presence is also something that Erram mentioned right off the bat when asked what he has liked about NLEX so far. 

More than on-court advice, Erram says that Taulava has also been a big help with life advice as well. 

"Malaking tulong kasi makikita mo yung work ethic niya, yung mga natutunan niya throughout his career, yun din yung tinuturo niya sa akin, hindi mo mababayaran yun eh," shared Erram. "Katulad sa akin, nagsisimula pa lang yung career ko, ngayon pa lang ako narerecognize ng mga tao, ang laking tulong na nandiyan si Kuya Asi para bigyan ako ng advice when it comes - kasi hindi na tulad nung college na yung responsibilites ko mababa lang eh, ngayon yung responsibility ko ang laki na eh, compared sa dati. Ngayon responsibility ko yung team, yung pamilya ko, and then yung pangalan ko, responsibiity ko din, na ang dami nilang binitawan para sa akin, para mapunta ako sa team na ‘to."

Erram has been in the PBA since 2014, and as he said, it's only now that he's getting recognition, especially after Gilas Pilipinas stints and career-best outputs with Blackwater last season. 

Taulava has been one of the PBA's most recognizable men in the middle for the better part of the last two decades, and the wealth of knowledge that he has is something that Erram is grateful to be on the recieving end of. 

"Ang laking tulong na may mag-aadvice, kasi napagdaanan na lahat ni Kuya Asi yun eh, so laking tulong na andiyan siya, binibigyan niya ako ng advice."

For his part, the former Ateneo de Manila standout knows that he will also need to take those bits of advice to heart as well, to be able to reach the level of tenure and respect that Taulava has. 

"Kailangan ko i-absorb lahat yun, kailangan ko matuto, kailangan ko i-improve yung sarili ko para dumating ako kung nasaan siya ngayon, sa posisyon niya," said Erram. 

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