Asi Taulava on his 4th decade in the PBA: "That's longevity right there"

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Mar 26, 2020 03:47 PM
PBA: Awesome Asi Taulava reaches 4th decade in basketball
"That's awesome. That's longevity right there," Taulava told his writer on his basketball career that has now spanned four separate decades.

When the PBA season comes back after COVID-19 is beaten and the enhanced community quanratine in Luzon is lifted, Asi Taulava will suit up for his fourth decade in basketball, the first man to do so in league history.

After making his pro debut in the 1990s, Asi dominated and won his one PBA title and MVP in the 2000s.

In the 2010s, he reivented himself and won a title and MVP in the ABL before making his way back to the PBA.

As we head to the 2020s, Asi is still going strong with NLEX, preparing for his last few runs with the Road Warriors.

The new season is the 21st for the 47-year-old Taulava.

"That's awesome. That's longevity right there," Taulava told his writer on his basketball career that has now spanned four separate decades.

"Especially for me, my captain was Bong, Bong Ravs [Bong Ravena]. And now I'm playing with Kief [Kiefer Ravena, Bong's first-born son]. I hope that when I hang my sneakers, it can be the same way when I won my first and only championship with kuya Bong, I can win another one with Kief and hang it up," he added.

Speaking of retirement, while there were previous reports that he's going to retire after the 2020 Philippine Cup, Taulava says he hasn't arrived at that decision 100 percent just yet.

True enough, Asi is yet to make a formal announcement about hanging it up.

However, his final say will depend on how the All-Filipino goes.

"When I announce when I'm planning to retire, I'm gonna announce with coach Yeng and my management. My NLEX family, they've been sp great, taking good care of me for the past few years," Taulava said.

"I'm keeping it secret. I'm holding all my cards tight to me. It all depends what happens this conference coming up [Philippine Cup," Asi added.

 

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