Calvin Abueva knows exactly what they need

Calvin Abueva exactly what Gilas Needs

Despite being 35 years old and five years removed from his last tenure with Gilas Pilipinas, Calvin Abueva demonstrated unwavering dedication to rejoining the national team. He was the first to appear at the Philsports Arena Monday morning for Gilas Pilipinas’ first practice session in preparation for the Asian Games, demonstrating his determination.

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After practice, in an interview with reporters, Abueva expressed gratitude for the opportunity to represent his country again. He emphasized that he understands precisely what Gilas requires, citing a lack of intensity that he believes he can provide. “I told my relatives that I had also moved to Gilas. May intensity be moderate… I became a citizen of the Gilas at age 35. If I were to receive another year of service, I would devote one hundred and ten percent of my time to this job, said Abueva.

Notably, Abueva’s tenure with the Gilas had highs and lows. On the one hand, the team’s 2015 second-place finish at the FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha was unforgettable. In July 2018, he was involved in a highly publicized altercation against Australia at the Philippine Arena, which led to a six-game suspension from FIBA and a sabbatical from the national team.

This call-up to Gilas Pilipinas surprised Abueva, who had yet to have the chance to represent the country previously. He thanked San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua for the decision and expressed his delight at being invited back to the team. Abueva acknowledged the responsibility of playing for the national team, stating, “You must prepare more than you prepare for yourself; you must prepare to give everything for the country.”

Abueva also assured his supporters and detractors that they would see a new side of him at the impending Asian Games. He pledged to revitalize the team’s focus and dedication, emphasizing that he would contribute in any manner feasible to ensure success. The phrase “Ibang Abueva. If we observe something in the PBA, we must also keep the same thing in the Gilas. We know our enemies; all you need to do is inform us. Concentrating and providing the finest here is necessary,” he affirmed.

In conclusion, Calvin Abueva’s return to Gilas Pilipinas is marked by his unwavering determination to make a positive impression and replace the void of intensity he believes the team requires. His dedication to the sport and desire to contribute to the team’s success at the impending Asian Games is evidenced by his willingness to represent his country again despite past obstacles. Abueva’s return to the national squad exemplifies the perseverance of Filipino athletes.


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