KOBE Paras explained his decision to move back in the Philippines and 'go pro' upon his arrival on Monday morning, saying the decision was sparked by the sudden firing of his coach in the US.
The high-flying forward said the firing of Reggie Theus, the former NBA player who recruited him for Cal State Northridge, turned out to be the final straw as Paras decided to explore other options.
After sitting out for two years and facing uncertain future, Paras said he really had no choice.
"When I announced to go pro, it was because of my coach, Coach Reggie, he got fired. It was shocking to me that he got fired because I was ready to play," said Paras in a press conference at Crowne Plaza arranged by national team backer Chooks to Go.
"Since that happened I had to make a decision myself. I'm glad I'm here now, when I said I was going to go pro, Chooks was there for me," he added.
Paras bared how hard it was for him to live in the US, alone most of the time since he was 15, saying it wasn't really all glam and hype like it was made out to be.
Still, the son of former PBA MVP Benjie Paras said the US experience made him a better player.
"It was an eye-opening experience, honestly, it was one of the greatest decisions I made in my life, to leave PH and go to the US. The US has all the tools to create a good player. When I was there in the US, I got trained like I never got trained before," said Paras.
"When I was here I was skinny, I went to the US and bulked up and I could control my diet. I played 2-3, in the US, it made me mature a lot as a player."
There's still no word as to whether where he'll be playing next but one thing's for sure - the pro is the way to go for the former La Salle Greenhills star and now Gilas Pilipinas mainstay who will be joining a team of cadets in the Filoil preseason tournament.
"PBA is a professional league, that's all I'm gonna say. When I said I was going pro, there's a lot of pro leagues out there," Paras continued.
" I'm focusing on the Filoil Premier Cup."