PBA: Phoenix feeling the absence of Calvin Abueva
Paul Lintag on Jul 11, 2019 03:12 PM
So far, Calvin Abueva’s suspension has covered eight games in the mid-season joust. The Fuel Masters are 3-5 in those eight games for a record of 4-6 overall.
Safe to say, Phoenix has felt the absence of Calvin Abueva.
The Beast has been tamed by an indefinite suspension by the PBA following a weekend of controversies to start the team’s campaign in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
So far, that suspension has covered eight games in the mid-season joust. The Fuel Masters are 3-5 in those eight games for a record of 4-6 overall.
As such, Phoenix is in danger of missing the playoffs after bing a top-2 seed in each of the last two conferences.
“Kasi alam naman natin lahat kung ano dinadala ni Calvin eh. Medyo high risk pero high reward din naman,” head coach Louie Alas said of his enigmatic forward.
“Yun nga yung ina-ano namin sa kanya ngayon. Ire-rehab yung anger management. Di naman anger management, pero yung pagre-react lang niya sa situation. Pero yun si Calvin, dun siya effective eh. Sabi ko sa kanya mag-tone down ka lang kasi kapag na-check mo yung emotions mo, wala naman tayong problema sayo. Mabait ka namang tao eh,” he added.
Alas said that Calvin has taken some measures to get him reinstated. He’s been in communication with the PBA and the Games and Amusements Board.
However, the nature of his suspension remains confusing. He’s indefinitely suspended which could mean he could be back tomorrow or next year.
There’s no set time really and all Calvin does is wait for the moment.
“Kanina ko lang nalaman na sumulat pala yung GAB, kailangan din sumulat si Calvin to explain kung ano talaga yung lahat ng nangyari, yung sa kanila lang ni [Terrence] Jones,” Alas said.
“Basta explain lang kung ano side ni Calvin. Syempre iba rin 'yung side ng kabila. Basta written explanation. Tinanong ko nga kanina kung kailangan mag-appear, hindi raw basta sulat lang kung ano talaga yung chronology nung nangyari sa sitwasyon. Hopefully. Sana kung 'di man ngayon, makalaro next conference,” he added.
Calvin has not been practicing with Phoenix, out of respect to the PBA’s suspension.
However, Abueva is doing his individual workouts at Phoenix’s facility to stay in shape and be ready for when he’s allowed to come back.
“Nagpupunta siya sa Upper Deck. Sa Upper Deck kami may gym kami sa taas, dun siya,” Alas said of Calvin.
“Pagkatapos ng team practice siya naman yung bumababa, dun nags-shooting. Pero talagang di inallow muna ng governor, due respect muna sa PBA,” he added.
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