UNLESS 'The Beast' changes his ways, there simply is no room for Alaska sophomore Calvin Abueva and the "unnecessary" part of his game in the Gilas Pilipinas team bound for the World Cup in Spain and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, national coach Chot Reyes said.
Reyes had tried to secure Abueva's services for the Gilas team that competed in last year's Fiba Asia championships in Manila but apparently had a change of heart on the player after a tumultuous Alaska campaign that saw Abueva clash with opponents and get in trouble with league rules.
They Said It!
“Isipin mo naman, dala mo ang bandila (sa international tournaments) ng Pilipinas tapos makikita ka dun nagkakain-subo (gesture) ka habang naglalaro ka." - Smart Gilas coach Chot Reyes
"Isipin mo naman, dala mo ang bandila (sa international tournaments) ng Pilipinas tapos makikita ka dun nagkakain-subo (gesture) ka habang naglalaro ka," said the national coach, referring to the 'nganga' gesture 'The Beast' had time and again done during Alaska's playoff with Ginebra last week.
"Tapos 'yung flopping, automatic technical sa international game 'yon. Ganoon din 'yung mga second motion. I feel the unnecessary part of his game will only get in the way (of the team). That's just my thinking," Reyes added.
The five-time PBA Coach of the Year said he respects Abueva as a player - the reason he tried to get the former NCAA MVP for the Fiba-Asia team.
"He's a good player, a great player, really," Reyes said. "Sayang s'ya. He can be an asset to the national team."
However, Reyes pointed out that the nature of the international game leaves teams with little room to "mold" players during training camp, especially given the fact that Gilas faces a limited preparation time for the Fiba World Cup and the Asiad.
"With Gilas, you need to get players of a certain standard already, because there simply is no time to mold them," Reyes said. "Once training camp begins, all you can do is prepare the team for the tournament."
So unless Abueva changes, Reyes said the player that 'The Beast' is right now won't be an asset to the national team.
"If he shows he's changed, then maybe (we can consider him in the future)," Reyes said. "But not in this Gilas team."