Barako draftee Carlo Lastimosa gets valuable advice from dad Danny, uncle Jojo
Former Mama's Love star Danny Lastimosa didn't sugar-coat his advice to his son Carlo, telling him to be more mature and to bring a better attitude and work ethic to the pro league. Jerome Ascano

AS Carlo Lastimosa moved on to a new phase in his basketball career, he got valuable pieces of advice from two people who certainly know what it takes to shine in the pro league.

His dad Danny and uncle Jojo Lastimosa.

The former College of St. Benilde star, who gave up his final two playing years in the NCAA to turn pro, said he talked to his uncle Jojo before he joined the PBA rookie draft where he was picked 20th overall by Barako Bull.

"Sabi niya sa akin 'wag na daw ako magloloko," the 2010 Rookie of the Year awardee shared to Spin.ph. "Di ko na daw dapat sayangin ito na andito na ako sa PBA."

Lastimosa's dad Danny also happens to be a veteran cager who starred with younger brother Jojo in the fabled Cebu side Mama's Love that took the old PABL by storm in the eighties.

And the elder Lastimosa didn't sugar-coat his advice to his son, telling him to be more mature and to bring a better attitude and work ethic in the pros.

"I would say (he needs) a little bit of maturity," said Danny. "I know he's got the talent but it takes time bago ka mag-mature, (maybe) in a year or two.

"So that's what I'm telling him and he knows about it. Marami pa siya pwedeng matutunan and he's ready to learn."

Although he would've wanted Carlo to finish his studies, the elder Lastimosa is nonetheless proud and happy that his son is now knocking on the PBA's door.

"Kasi it was his lifelong dream. I would say since he was grade school, high school and then when he came over here in Manila, 'yun ang gusto niyang mangyari."

"So ako, as much as I would want to see him finish his studies, he put most of his time in basketball so here it is," he said.

 Danny is also confident that that with dedication and discipline,  his son can cut in in the big league.

"I know he's got what it takes to play (in the PBA), 'yun nga lang sabi ko sa kanya in the PBA talent is not enough," he said. "You should have the discipline, the attitude and everything should go hand in hand."

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