THE age factor and Ginebra’s playoff push in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup are making Japeth Aguilar think twice whether to join this year’s Slam Dunk contest or not in the coming All-Star weekend.
Aguilar said he’s currently 50-50 as far as competing in the dunk contest is concerned, with the mid-season spectacle just about a week from now.
“Kailangan ko mag-focus sa season namin, kaya oo (50-50 chance). Pinag-iisipan ko pa,” Aguilar told Spin.ph.
“Although 28 years old ako, may mga mas bata na mas fresh ang legs kesa sa akin.”
Ginebra currently carries an even 3-3 record after beating defending champion Purefoods Sunday night, 96-87.
The athletic forward was among the fancied ones to win last year’s Slam Dunk competition, but failed to execute his pet act baseline reverse dunk and allowed Justin Melton and Rey Guevarra to emerge as co-champions.
“Nag-baseline reverse ako, pero medyo pinahirapan ko sarili ko. Nagagawa ko before iyun. pero wala na talaga yung timing ko,” he added.
Aguilar admitted he has not been practicing new dunks of late following the series of system changes within Ginebra that saw the team shift from triangle offense under Jeff Cariaso to Ato Agustin’s run-and-gun game.
“Kaya nga yung mga ginagawa ko before, hindi ko na nagagagwa ngayon kasi wala na ako sa timing dahil di ko na pina-practice,” explained Aguilar, the top overall pick in the 2009 Draft.
If and when he throws his hat in the contest, Aguilar is looking to do a John Wall after the Washington Wizards star copped last year’s NBA Slam Dunk title.
“Sa NBA, yung lately ginawa ni John Wall na may tinalunan siya, tapos kinuha yung bola dun sa tao, feeling ko, kaya kong gawin yun,” Aguilar noted.
In his title-clinching slam, Wall soared over Wizards mascot G-Man and took the ball from the blue character in one motion before coming down with a reverse slam.
Already listed as participants in the dunk contest on All-Star Weekend set in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on March 6 are Alaska’s Calvin Abueva, Barako Bull’s JC Intal, and Talk ‘N Text rookie Matt Ganuelas-Rosser.
Five-time champion KG Canaleta of NLEX said he’s pulling out of the competition, owing to a delicate knee worn out by the wear and tear of playing competitive basketball.