KEVIN Alas hasn’t had a decent practice since being traded thrice just a month and a half into his PBA career.
The 6-foot Alas, selected second overall by Rain or Shine in last August’s rookie draft, was traded last month to NLEX. But in less than two weeks, the Road Warriors figured in a three-team trade also involving Talk 'N Text that saw Alas end up at Talk ‘N Text.
As a result, the former Letran star plunged into his first preseason game with the Texters without a good grip of the Tropang Texters' plays, scoring four points in a 78-88 loss to GlobalPort in a PBA LIga ng Bayan game in Legazpi City on Sunday.
“Parang fourth day ko pa lang talaga sa team, halos wala pang maayos na ensayo kasi nga naglaro agad kami sa Legazpi. After ko ma-trade nung Thursday (last week), tinawagan ako nung gabi na kasama na daw ako sa biyahe ng team on Friday,” Alas told Spin.ph on Tuesday.
The former PBA D-League MVP said despite playing poorly in his preseason debut for the Tropang Texters, he’s glad to have veterans like Jason Castro and Jimmy Alapag to guide him as he makes the transition to the pro ranks.
“Kay Kuya Jimmy, siyempre, looking forward ako to learn from his leadership saka yung decision-making niya, kasi alam niya kung kelan siya titira at kung kelan ipapasa,” said the son of Alaska assistant coach Louie Alas.
“Nag-usap din kami ni Kuya Jason sa Legazpi after ng game at marami rin ako natututunan sa kanya,” added the 22-year-old.
New Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico himself has been running practice for just two weeks, owing to his national team duties with Gilas Pilipinas the past two months.
But Alas said Uichico has made it clear that he wants him to use his quickness to drive strong to the hoop, while using his point guard skills in running the plays as well, especially since Alapag, who is on leave, is expected to miss the team's first four games this season.
“Sabi nga ni coach Jong na huwag daw ako mahiya tumira, pero mas gusto niya na mag-penetrate ako sa basket,” said Alas.
Alas, a member of the 2011 Sinag Pilipinas squad that bagged the Southeast Asian Games gold medal in Myanmar, will make his much-awaited debut this Sunday against Barangay Ginebra at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.