PBA Legend Alex Cabagnot Goes to KBL

PBA Legend Alex Cabagnot, 41, Sets Out on a Daring Korean Adventure

The basketball world is ablaze with excitement over a recent development: former Terrafirma Dyip player Alex Cabagnot is preparing to embark on a new chapter in his career by joining the Korean Basketball League (KBL). The seasoned 41-year-old playmaker will replace Joshua Torralba, who was regrettably injured when he entered the Goyang Sono Skygunners.

Within the Philippine basketball community, word of Cabagnot’s decision has generated a surge of support as players have expressed appreciation for his perseverance and determination. Young athletes who left college to pursue careers abroad, such as RJ Abarrientos, who is presently making headlines with the Shinshu Brave Warriors in the Japan B.League, are among those rooting for “The Crunchman.”

As an ex-UP Fighting Maroon like Cabagnot, Juan Gomez de Liaño, who plays for the Seoul SK Knights in the KBL, expressed his excitement by writing, “Love to see it @cabaggie_5” In the chorus, SJ Belangel, a Filipino player for the Daegu KOGAS Pegasus in the KBL, enthusiastically added, “Let’s go Kuya @cabaggie_5???🔥.”

Even the vocal PBA player Mikey Williams, who is not currently playing in the league due to his contract with the TNT Tropang Giga ending, couldn’t resist offering his support. Williams said, “Easy now, love to see it turn up,” demonstrating the brotherhood among PBA players.

With a thunderous “Let’s go!!!! 🐐,” former comrade Juami Tiongson emphasized the friendship they developed while working together at Terrafirma. In the meantime, Chris Gavina, a former Terrafirma coach for Cabagnot, used Instagram to provide support. Gavina remembered Cabagnot’s preparations, bringing up the #PattyMillsDrill, and she joked about starting a “breakfast club” in Korea come January.

Gavina highlighted Cabagnot’s qualities by quoting lyrics from Fort Minor’s “Remember the Name,” which added a motivating touch. “This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain,” Gavina said. And a reason alone to keep the name in mind.”

During his brilliant PBA career, which lasted from 2005 to 2023, Cabagnot won nine titles with the San Miguel Beermen and was named Finals MVP of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup. His last PBA Governors’ Cup season with the Terrafirma Dyip demonstrated his durability, averaging 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists.

The basketball community supports Cabagnot as he sets out on this new path in the KBL, wishing him luck and honoring his unwavering spirit. Cabaggie, grab that boost!

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