Don’t be surprised if Alaska’s flamboyant forward Calvin Abueva will miss several games in the PBA Governors Cup.
Alaska coach Alex Compton admitted that Abueva’s all banged up, a result of a yearlong basketball activity that dates back to last year.
“He’s (Abueva) banged up. Think about it, we played in 4 of the last 5 Finals and the only break we really got was we got 2 weeks off after the Commissioner’s Cup last year. That was our big break, so he has 2 weeks in basically 2 years,” Compton explained to FOX Sports.
“So I had to give him some time to spend with his family and get a nice little vacation.”
The American coach said PBA fans know how hard Abueva plays, not minding the little aches and pains he’s had during the past 2 seasons, even playing through a painful knee or sprained ankle in the past.
But since getting cut from the Gilas Pilipinas final 12, the “Beast” has yet to join the Aces’ practice to recover and undergo therapy.
“Everybody sees how hard he really plays,” shared Compton, whose team makes its PBA Governors Cup debut on Sunday against Meralco.
“He’s got some more than bumps and bruises in his body, but he’s got some things he needs to work out and w’ell see at what point we gonna bring him back in the season.”
Since the 2015 season, Abueva has played 105 games in total, not counting the practices and games he logged in with Gilas Pilipinas, which competed in the FIBA-Asia men’s championships in Changsa, China last year.
He also represented the Philippines in last year’s FIBA 3×3 World Tour in Manila, plus another month of practice as part of the Gilas pool last June.
Still, Compton said he’s not counting out Abueva should the Commissioner’s Cup Best Player insists on letting him play in the PBA Governors Cup.
“I never count Calvin out in anything, but that’s my plan,” said the 42-year-old coach, who just rejoined the team on Monday after being part of Gilas’ coaching staff.
“He might tell me, ‘no, no coach, I wanna play’. So we’ll see but he’s fighting through 2 years of no breaks, playing at break neck speed, throwing his body out all over the place, and the last thing I wanna do is hurt him,” he added. – By Richard Dy
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