Benjie Paras agrees with Chot, expects son Kobe to get career back on track in PH
Benjie Paras joins son Kobe in a press conference on Monday morning. Jerome Ascano

BENJIE Paras agreed with Chot Reyes' sentiments on the development of Filipino players in the US NCAA and he need not look far to find the perfect example.

With the career of Kobe Paras stalled in the US, the PBA's only rookie-MVP said that he believes his son may be better off back home to get the exposure he didn't get in Division I of the US NCAA.

The elder Paras' statements came on the heels of a Reyes interview where he said Filipino players are better off staying put and getting playing time than moving to the US and sitting on the bench.

"Sabi rin ni coach Chot, it's better for him to come here to be able to explore and play. Kasi kung hindi, nasa States lang siya, nakaburo lang siya dun. At least mas okay na dito. He's going to improve," said Paras during a press conference held upon Kobe's arrival on Monday morning.

"In that aspect, yes (I agree with Coach Chot). In Creighton, they didn't use him that much, he wasn't playing. You can practice the whole year but if you're not going to play with other bigger, taller and faster players, you're not gonna improve," he added.

With Kobe now going full time for the national team prior to 'going pro,' his dad believes it's a perfect time for his son to get his career back on track and live up to the high expectations.

"This is a good training ground for him, the national team kasi, you're gonna play other countries. Each country, may different kind of play. 'Yun 'yung based on my experience, that's how I learned playing basketball," said Paras.

The 49-year old former University of the Philippines star will be backing his son all the way, saying he understood the frustrations that Kobe endured the past few years while in the US.

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"As an athlete naman, I fully understand that the boy just wanted to play. You were there without your family and the only thing that will keep you going is playing," he said.

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