KEVIN Alas says he doesn’t want to play for his “biggest critic” when he moves up to the professional ranks.
The feeling, it turned out, is mutual.
“All his playing years sa Letran, ako na lahat eh. Iba naman,” said Kevin’s father Louie Alas, his former coach in the college leagues at Letran and now an assistant coach at Alaska.
Father and son brought the Knights to the NCAA Finals in their final year together in college basketball in 2012 but has since charted their own paths, with Kevin doing well in the PBA D-League and as part of the Gilas cadet pool.
Now their paths are bound to cross again as Kevin prepares to join the PBA rookie draft. But if the two have their way, they would rather not reunite too soon.
“Para mag-grow pa rin siya. Kapag sa akin, baka bumaba laro niya,” said Louie Alas.
Kevin said: “Mas maganda kung hindi muna kami magkasama para masanay naman kami na hindi magkasama.”
Kevin ended his amateur career with a bang by copping the PBA D-League Foundation Cup MVP award, the first time he won the individual honor in a local league. He had previously won the MVP in the Super Keung Cheung Cup in Hong Kong while with Gilas cadet earlier last year.
As a coach, Louie said his son is definitely ready for the jump to the professional ranks.
“’Yung coach’s point of view, tingin ko okay na siya,” Louie said. “Because lahat ng experience na na-acquire niya, malaking bagay especially ‘yung experience niya sa Gilas. Sa D-League sa NLEX, nabigyan siya ng chance na lumabas ‘yung talent niya.”
From a father’s point of view, it is a different story, though.
“Ako nga ’yung biggest fan. Ako rin ’yung biggest critic,” said the elder Alas. “Pero marami akong nakikitang weaknesses. As a father, ang magagawa ko lang is masabi ko sa kanya para matulungan ko siya.”
The younger Alas said his father is indeed his biggest critic but said he understands.
“Minsan nga, naiiisip ko, parang hindi naman ako mali. Pero at the end of the day, gusto lang niya akong gumaling and be a better player,” said the younger Alas.
But the father is no doubt proud of what the son had accomplished on his own.
“Actually , super ‘yung timing nung pagdating ng (D-League) award because he is planning to enter the draft. Last conference na niya as an amateur, nakuha niya ‘yung MVP. Lahat ng sacrifices niya, nag-bear fruit," he said.
"Grabe ’yan, kahit walang practice, sa bahay, nagpa-practice siya. Lahat ginagawa niya para makuha niya ‘yung dream niya.
“I’m very proud of him. Hopefully, hindi ito ang last (MVP award n'ya),” said Kevin’s proud father.
Down the road, who knows if the Alases will reunite again.
“Eventually, okay na rin (kapag tagal),” said the younger Alas.