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    Kobe Paras thrilled to have brother Andre by his side in Gilas training

    Aug 1, 2017
    Brothers Andre and Kobe Paras exchange notes on the sidelines. Jaime Campos

    KOBE Paras never expected that the time would come when he'll be sharing the court with his brother Andre on a national team practice session.

    But the brothers are here now - Kobe being tagged as the future of the national team program as Andre goes through a great revival of his basketball career.

    "It feels great. Ever since we were kids, he was always the first one to fall in love with basketball," said Kobe after the Gilas training session wrapped up last Tuesday night.

    "Him being here right now, it feels great. It's not everyday I get to practice with him," he added.

    Though not officially part of the pool, the older Paras was still a welcome addition to the sessions as it adds another physical presence to bang bodies with the mainstays of the teams bound for the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon and the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.

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    "It was cool but we didn't do much because the team's focused on the Fiba Asia and the SEA Games so hopefully by tomorrow we'll do more drills para makasama siya sa practice," Kobe continued.

    "Dito naman paminsan kulang kami so he can help out."

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    It might not be now, but it's not far-fetched to see Andre being invited to the pool, especially with how he's been performing for AMA Online Education in the PBA D-League.

    After a long hiatus due to his foray into showbusiness, Andre has emerged as a no non-sense player with a knack for getting to a rebound ahead of everybody else.

    Though nothing is set in stone for Andre now, playing with him in Gilas is a future Kobe hopes to experience someday.

    "In La Salle we used to be teammates. Pero on the national team, it feels good. It isn't a club team or a pro team or a college team, it's for the country. It just feels good na he's here, nakiki-training din."

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