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    Kobe Paras sparks debate with call for separate college MVPs for locals, imports

    Nov 28, 2017
    Kobe Paras insisted that Ben Mbala deserved the MVP award despite his controversial tweet. 

    JUST eleven days after a controversial tweet for Ateneo high school star Kai Sotto, Kobe Paras shared his thoughts on another issue in Philippine collegiate basketball, particularly in choosing the MVPS for the UAAP and NCAA.

    In his Twitter account on Monday, Paras retweeted the official announcement of Ben Mbala as UAAP Season 80 MVP and congratulated the La Salle star, but he added that the league as well as the NCAA should have separate winners for the top individual player among locals and foreigners.

    While he believed Mbala deserves winning a second straight MVP award, the 20-year-old son of PBA rookie-MVP Benjie Paras noted that not having a separate award for locals and foreigners in both UAAP and NCAA puts homegrown players at a disadvantage.

    "Ben deserves that MVP but there should be an MVP for local players and Imports in the NCAA & UAAP... really unfair for the locals," wrote Paras, a former player of La Salle Greenhills before moving to the United States to pursue his basketball career.

    His tweet sparked debate with Mbala’s teammate Ricci Rivero coming to the defense of the Season 80 MVP. Paras was then quick to fire a response, clarifying that he had no intention of hurting anyone with his tweet.

    The 6-foot-6 Paras also apologized for his tweet before insisting that he considered Mbala deserving of the MVP award.

    Mbala was the clear MVP winner in Season 80 with 96.58 statistical points, with Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena a far second with 66.5 SPs.

    Paras has been speaking his mind recently after also saying that Ateneo high school big man Kai Sotto should pursue his basketball career in the United States last November 17.

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