Of course, Kiefer has always been an inspiration to Thirdy

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 24, 2020 02:24 PM
Of course, Kiefer has always been an inspiration to Thirdy
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Thirdy Ravena is spreading his wings, taking flight for Japan where he is the first Asian import to be signed to the B.League. 

A three-time Finals MVP with Ateneo de Manila University, Ravena is doing this all in the name of being better. 

And he will be doing just that by being able to measure himself against the best of the best in Japan. 

Not that long ago, Kuya Kiefer was trying to do the same. 

Trying his luck in the NBA D-League, the two-time UAAP champion and MVP stuck around for some time with the Texas Legends' developmental roster. 

Ultimately, he fell short of making the final cut, but his international experience and exposure still sharpened his saw quite a bit. 

Of course, Thirdy took a more than a few notes from manong's time abroad. "Growing up, my brother's always been one of my biggest inspirations. At such a young age, I've seen him perform really well," he shared in his introductory press conference two weeks ago. 

He then continued, "Luckily for me, he never stopped giving me advice until now." 

The younger Ravena went on to say that his big brother's reminder was simple. As he put it, "He told me to just play my game. I'm not just representing myself and I'm bringing the Philippines when I go to Japan so I have to make sure to represent the best way I can." 

Whatever happens in Japan, Thirdy can rest assured that Kuya Kiefer will have his back - like he always had. 

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