CALVIN Abueva rejoined Alaska in practice on Monday, apologizing to the team for missing practices as well as the Aces' match against the Star Hotshots in the PBA Governors Cup over the weekend.
Alaska governor Dickie Bachmann said the Aces star took time off to deal with 'family matters,' the reason he missed practices and sat out the team's 92-101 loss to Star last Friday.
“We are glad to know he is safe and back,” said coach Alex Compton of his energetic forward, who didn't join the team in its scrimmage at the Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.
'The Beast' has yet to show up since the Gilas Pilipinas team bound for the Fiba Asia Cup started practicing, prompting head coach Chot Reyes to issue an ultimatum on Sunday.
Reyes said he has no recourse but to drop Abueva if he fails to show up again on Monday, saying time is not on Gilas' side in its buildup for the August 8-20 tournament in Lebanon.
However, Abueva, Bachmann said, is ready to join the rest of Gilas Pilipinas in its fifth practice on Monday night at the Meralco Gym.
Abueva and the Aces later on held a players-only-meeting after practice.
In light of Abueva’s decision to finally rejoin his PBA family, Compton said the team will continue to respect his privacy and give him ample time to attend to family matters.
“We will continue to allow the personal matters he attended to, to remain just that, personal,” added Compton.