Karim Abdul on his legacy: 'Just take the positive'
Paul Lintag on Sep 10, 2015 06:06 PM
MORE THAN A NAME. UST's Karim Abdul will be remembered not just because his name sounds like the NBA's all-time leading scorer but also because he's been steadily great in his UAAP career with the Growling Tigers.
While he's not the first and certainly not the last, we can all say that Growling Tiger Karim Abdul in one of the very best foreign student-athletes to ever play in the UAAP.
And although he's yet to fully assert himself two games into his final season with UST, the Cameroonian big man nevertheless wants to leave a lasting legacy in the league that saw him grow from a diamond in the rough to one of España's crown jewels.
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"Understanding that basketball is a culture in the Philippines [and] many people are watching us, I will always try to be a good example," Abdul told ABS-CBN Sports in an interview during their team pictorial, well aware of the off-court tirade he launched against his teammates last season. "Looking at me, just take what is positive. Nobody is perfect but we will do our best and I will do my best."
A regular fixture on the Mythical Five since his rookie year in Season 74 and almost stealing the MVP award away from Ray Parks in 2012, Abdul is only focused on helping the Tigers try to win a championship in Season 78 to cement his name and team in the history books.
Individual awards don't matter to him anymore, in fact if his veteran running mates like Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquioag manage to get awards for themselves on top a successful team season, the better.
He knows his role, and he's more than happy to do it: "What I'm going to do this season is to just have my team win. If Kevin [Ferrer] can get an MVP then good, we should just shoot the ball and I'll get the rebound."
Two games in his last season, Abdul has helped the Tigers claim their first high-profile win after a one-point victory over the mighty FEU Tamaraws.
He scored 12 points despite not playing at 100 percent and at least 10 to 15 lbs above his ideal playing weight. Still, he knows his role and he delivered.
He's been delivering for UST since 2011.
Kevin Ferrer and now Ed Daquioag may be the core focus for the Growling Tigers in Season 78 but Abdul will always be there, serving as an anchor to a team that loves proving people wrong.
He'll be the anchor until the season ends, and whether the Tigers win a championship or not, Abdul just wants people to remember what was good during his five-year UAAP stay.
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