PBA: Calvin wants CJ to keep pushing: “Rookie pa lang”

Paul Lintag on Jan 23, 2019 07:54 PM
PBA: Calvin wants CJ to keep pushing: “Rookie pa lang”
“Actually, noong college nakikita ko. Pero wag siyang masyadong guarantee sa mga nilalaro niya ngayon,” — Calvin Abueva on CJ Perez.

Calvin Abueva is well aware of the Beast and Baby Beast comparisons between him and CJ Perez.

He knows it, he sees it.

He does not care pretty much, at least on court. Off of it, he’s good with his junior. But once both of them are playing, it’s all business.

“Hindi ko naman masa-suggest na ganito gawin mo, hindi naman ganoon. Hindi naman kami magka-teammate di ba,” Abueva said.

“Magkalaban kami sa court. Ang akin lang, sa labas, kapatid ang turing ko sa kanya, walang personalan sa akin. Walang personalan. Ang sa amin, sabi ko nga, improve mo pa ang sarili mo, sa laro mo,” he added.

CJ Perez sizzled in his PBA debut, firing 26 points, 24 in the second half, as his Columbian Dyip took down 4-time champion San Miguel Beer.

Against Phoenix, Perez was limited to 10 points though he did have eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks. The Dyip lost however.

In their win, Abueva fired 18 points on top of nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

“Ang sa akin naman, I want to win the game, hindi [match ups] lang ang pinag-uusapan. Eto yung game na mananalo kayo, hindi yung keso ganyan, keso ganito, ilang points ka, ilang points ako,” Abueva said. 

“Ang bitter naman siguro noon. Ang ina-ano dito, kung ano yung team na mananalo, di ba?” he added.

Still, the comparisons are fair to say the least and Abueva acknowledged it.

Well sort of.

“Actually, noong college nakikita ko. Pero wag siyang masyadong guarantee sa mga nilalaro niya ngayon,” Abueva said.

“Dapat, i-force niya pa, i-push niya pa, para mas mag high level pa yung galawan niya sa loob. Kasi rookie pa lang eh, rookie pa lang. Siyempre marami tayong nai-isip about sa rookie, pero improve mo muna ang sarili mo sa pro, bago ka mag-high level. Okay. Thank you,” Calvin added.


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