Asi Taulava vows to be ‘good solider’ under new NLEX coach Yeng Guiao

NLEX veteran center Asi Taulava considered it a big blessing to crack the Mythical Second team at age 43.

In fact, the hard-banging NLEX center entered the PBA record books as the oldest player to earn a spot in the Mythical Second team, eclipsing the previous feat held by the “Living Legend” and former Ginebra playing coach Robert “Sonny” Jaworski in 1988.

But while such achievement is something he’d forever cherish in his career, the evergreen Fil-Tongan said the ultimate dream is to finally win a PBA championship under new head coach Yeng Guiao.

“(I’m) excited to play for him (Guiao). He won so many championships and he knows how to push the buttons and get the players to play,” said Taulava, who finished the season with double-double averages of 13.9 points and 10.3 rebounds in 35 games.

The “Rock” said Guiao’s achievements with Rain or Shine, the team the latter handled for over five years, is a testament to the fiery coach’s greatness.

“Especially (with) what he did to Rain or Shine. Every team he handled he’s been able to win a championship for them,” he noted.

“He’s there with a purpose. He’s there to win. He’s a winner. He’s a coach that brings out the best in everybody and we want that. We have to be willing to make the sacrifice if we wanna win,” added Taulava, who, just over a month ago, signed a two-year contract extension with NLEX. 

And to get to the goal, Taulava said he will have to be a good soldier of the fiery mentor once they start their campaign in the upcoming season.

“Whatever he tells me to do, I’m gonna go out there and do it,” he vowed.

Taulava won his only PBA championship in 2003 when he led Mobiline (TNT’s former name) to the All-Filipino title. – Jason Mercene

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