CEBUANA Lhuillier point guard Paul Zamar is excited and at the same time challenged to be handled by his father Boycie for the first time in his entire basketball career.
The young Zamar admitted there is always added pressure on him in every game of the Gems, aware that all eyes are both on him and his father.
“Mahirap sa umpisa,” he said. “Kasi mahirap i-balance ang personal life sa career. Andoon 'yung ilang at 'yung takot na magkamali ka.”
But ever calm and collected, coach Boyzie has a way of making his son feel there is nothing to be afraid of.
Straight from some of the players his father had coached, Paul said he has heard many good things about his old man, which somehow eased his anxiety.
“Dahil sa mga naririnig ko na positive feedback mula sa mga dati niyang players naging excited din naman ako lumaro sa kanya,” said Zamar, who played college ball at University of the East in the years before his dad took over as head coach.
“Magaling kasi siya magbigay ng kumpyansa at motivation,” he added.
The 26-year-old former University of the East stalwart said despite their father-and-son relationship, Boyzie treats everyone in the team equally.
“I have to be professional, walang favoritism, walang special treatment,” he said.
“Pero sa bahay normal na ulit.”