ANDRE Paras joined Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday night, primarily to bond with younger brother Kobe.
Andre got more than he wanted.
"I just want to bond with Kobe," the actor/player said at the end of the national team's practice at the Meralco Gym. "Since he's not around the house much, why not follow him wherever he is."
But two hours spent with some of the best players and coaches in the country turned out to be an eye-opener for the PBA D-League standout from AMA Online Education.
"I was able to join some drills, but I have to know their system pa. As of now, it's more of watching and learning," he said.
"I had fun. There are some things I learned. At the same time, it's really overwhelming because I get to be around with the PBA players that I look up to."
Asked what's the most important thing he realized from training with players bound for the Fiba Asia Cup and Southeast Asian Games, the 6-foot-5 slotman said it was the need to improve his shooting from long range.
"They're taller than me and nakakatira sila sa labas. Everyone plays the same position," he said.
"It's important because basketball has evolved. Players my size are pretty much guards na, di na sila bigs. You have to have a different kind of strength individually."