Kobe Paras reminds everybody he's proudly reppin' UP in UAAP 82
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 18, 2019 02:41 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
Kobe Paras has wasted no time in making an immediate impact in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.
In his first two games for the University of the Philippines, he has posted per game counts of 22.5 points and 6.0 rebounds - and, more importantly, both ended as wins.
Without a doubt, the son of Philippine basketball legend - and school great - Benjie Paras, has gone all-out for the Fighting Maroons who have granted him this shot. "I'm happy. I'm really happy. As everyone knows, this is my fourth college so I'm just thankful for coach Bo and the whole UP community for giving me, basically, a third chance not just in basketball, but in life," he said, nothing but grateful, following his debut last Sunday.
He then continued, "I just wanted to start fresh in a school that really has nothing."
That last part, though, caused quite a stir as more than a few questioned if State U "really has nothing."
For his part, Paras doubled down in his statement. "I mean, I didn't say anything bad. You've seen the seasons past. They haven't won a championship," he said after their latest win, Wednesday.
He then continued, "I didn't mean any disrespect. I don't need to clarify myself."
Indeed, before its breakthrough a year ago, UP had gone 32 years without making the Finals and 22 years without making the Final Four.
In the aughts, the Fighting Maroons have experienced three winless seasons as well as two one-win seasons.
And even now, State U is yet to hoist a title since Benjie Paras, Eric Altamirano, and Ronnie Magsanoc did so in 1986.
That is exactly what the second-generation Paras wants nothing more than to put an end to. As he put it, "The UP community knows I'm doing this for them. I'm representing UP so it makes no sense to talk trash about them."
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