CALVIN Abueva may have gotten himself in one too many troubles in less than two seasons as a pro, but Alaska team governor Dickie Bachmann said the organization is not giving up on its controversial star.
Bachmann said the Aces are keeping the faith with the former NCAA MVP as he shot down rumors circulating on the web that the team is working on trading Abueva to Ginebra for rookie James Forrester and former Gilas regular Dylan Ababou.
“No, we’re not trading him. It didn’t even cross our mind,” Bachmann told Spin.ph on Tuesday as he laughed off the reports of the trade now circulating on social media sites.
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"Trading (Abueva) didn’t even slip into our mind! Right now our focus is on trying to make Calvin a better person and a better player." - Alaska team governor Dickie Bachmann
“I’ve been reading about it on the internet. It’s all over Facebook, but it is not true,” said Bachmann, a former Alaska and De La Salle center. “It’s all speculation, we haven’t actually talked to Ginebra. I know it’s not true and we don’t think about that.
“Trading him (Abueva) didn’t even slip into our mind!”
Asked if Alaska is getting tired of the player's antics which Abueva critics claim are sullying the wholesome image of the Uytengsu-owned franchise, Bachmann said the Aces are working on making the double-double machine a "better player and a better person."
“I don’t want to think about that. Right now, our focus is on trying to make Calvin a better person and a better player,” he responded.
And does he think it will happen in time? Bachmann replied: “Yes, it’s too early to give up on him.”
Bachmann said the Aces want to put the controversy involving Abueva and Jared Dillinger behind them as they focus on their bid to salvage a playoff spot in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup.
The Alaska governor also insisted that they are not blaming anyone for the dire situation the Aces are currently in, after Abueva sat out a crucial game against GlobalPort on Sunday, reportedly as a disciplinary action for missing practice the day before.
“We just move on from this and focus our attention on (our game against) Barako,” he said. “We need the whole team to be ready to beat Barako Bull then play a knockout game the next day.”
Bachmann said he expects Abueva to emerge from the latest storm in his career a more mature player, beginning with the do-or-die game against Barako Bull on Sunday.
“We are not giving up on Calvin. We are like a family here and we will help him get through this,” said Bachmann. “I think, he knew he made a mistake and I am expecting a tougher him."