ASI Taulava proved he has plenty left in the tank after signing a two-year contract extension with NLEX on Monday.
Despite being the oldest player in the PBA right now at 43, the Road Warriors star slotman has continued to play with a youthful zest, averaging 14.4 points, 10.8 boards, and 2.1 assists in 31.9 minutes this season.
Taulava posted a photo on Instagram after signing the deal with team manager Ronald Dulatre.
“With the way Asi has been working out and taking care of himself, we’re convinced that he will still be competitive for the duration of his contract,” Dulatre told Spin.ph over the phone.
Asked if Taulava, who would be 45 when his new contract expires, can still play further after his new contract, Dulatre sounded positive.
“It’s up to him, but with his discipline, I think he’s still capable after that,” Dulatre said of the evergreen Filipino-Tongan big man, who, after his contact expires, would have eight more years to match the record of Sonny Jaworski as the oldest player in the league.
Eric Menk, who turns 42 on Wednesday, and John Ferriols, who will also celebrate his 42nd birthday next month, complete the Top 3 in the oldest active players list.
Dulatre said Jonas Villanueva, Mac Baracael, and a few more NLEX players are also up for extension in the next few days.