PBA: 46-year-old Asi wants to put on show in record 17th All-Star appearance
Paul Lintag on Mar 30, 2019 04:25 PM
“This year I thought I was gonna be exempted because of my age,” Taulava said as he prepares for his 17th All-Star Game.
CALASIAO, Pangasinan — Asi Taulava is 46 years old.
That intro should be enough for everyone to realize that Asi has been around for quite a while now.
With that being said, there’s little to no more surprises for Taulava. He’s experienced pretty much everything over the course of his incredible pro basketball career.
However, even as he’s nearing his 50s, there’s still some records to be broken for the Rock.
With the 2019 PBA All-Star Games here, Taulava’s scheduled 17th appearance will stand alone as the most in PBA history.
Taulava also has two All-Star Game MVPs.
Asi held the record with 16 for the longest time and James Yap would have tied it this year with Taulava not part of the original lineup. But with Ginebra’s Joe Devance out due to injury, the PBA inserted the ageless NLEX center to the All-Star Game.
Taulava’s record is now good for another year.
“This year I thought I was gonna be exempted because of my age,” Taulava said.
“But in all seriousness, this is fun. This is for the fans. I guess the fans wanted me here and the PBA office [wanted me here] and I’m honored. I’m ready to put on a show even though I’m 46,” he added.
After 16 previous All-Star Games, Asi says there’s still things to look forward to.
It’s only once a year and the PBA’s biggest stars always seem to pull off incredible surprises each time to make it worth it for the fans in attendance.
For Asi this year, he gets to complete South’s quadruple tower with June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, and Poy Erram.
“It’s 17 years, there’s always new things especially the night before the game,” Asi said.
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