As the oldest active player in the PBA D-League, former pro baller Raymond Aguilar is more concerned on setting an example for young and soon-to-be PBA cagers and leaving the rest of his career to destiny.
“Ginuguide ko yung mga bata, nakarating na tayo sa pro, tapos bumaba tayo, kaya gusto ko yung mga mali ko nung nasa baba ako, hindi na nila danasin para dire diretso na sila sa taas, sa PBA,” Aguilar told FOX Sports.
The 30-year-old is currently playing for UP-QRS/Jam Liner in the ongoing Aspirants’ Cup, where most of the players are 10 years younger than him.
Asked what are his plans after the tournament, Aguilar admitted that he doesn’t mind where his basketball career will take him.
“Actually, hindi ko alam, bahala na siguro basta naglalaro lang ako. Laro lang talaga, bahala na kung anong mangyari,” said Aguilar, who is also remembered by hoop fans after making a parody video of Arwind Santos’s Bagyo.
After going undrafted in 2009, Aguilar refused to give up on his dreams, suiting up for the Chang Thailand Slammers in the 2012 ABL season and Cebuana Lhuillier in the 2013 PBA D-League.
Last year, he had a short stint with Talk ‘N Text (now Tropang TNT), playing a single game in the Philippine Cup but eventually was cut as younger big guys came in.
As another wait-and-see moment in his life about to unfold, Aguilar is showing his worth in the developmental league, stuffing up the stat sheet after 5 games with an average of 18.40 points (2nd) and 10.6 rebounds (2nd).
“Medyo nakakatyamba tayo,” he quickly downplayed.
However, with the impressive numbers he is producing, Aguilar can’t help but to hope for something positive to happen.
“Hoping naman ako kahit saan. Hintay hintay lang tayo, timing timing lang,” he said. “Patience, darating lahat yan, yun ang importante. Hardwork lang. Tiyaga tiyaga lang.”
He is also looking forward for QRS/Jam Liner’s campaign to go in a high note as he wants to push himself to the limit.
“Kailangan mag gel kami ng todo and sana makaabot kami ng semis at hopefully sa finals, dun talaga yung test ng character.” — By Jason Mercene