KEVIN Alas is targeting a return in the PBA Governors’ Cup as he begins his rehab from a second ACL tear sustained last February, with the goal of returning in September.
“Linagyan ko na ‘yung goal ko sa sarili ko na September. Third conference. Second or third week. ‘Yun ang target,” said Alas.
Even though he has started rehab, Alas admitted he still has a tough time recovering from the emotional scars of another ACL injury that forced him to again sit out a huge chunk of the season.
Fortunately, Alas said his family headed by father and Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas, his girlfriend and broadcaster Selina Dagdag, as well as his co-players have provided the emotional support he needed.
“Nagre-rehab na ako. First two months, ‘yun ang pinaka-tough sa akin. Sa buong buhay ko, eto ‘yung parang pinakana-depressed ako. Pero with the help ng girlfriend ko, family ko, sinuportahan ako.
"At the same time, ‘yung suporta ng mga co-players ko, nakatulong. Ang daming tumawag. Pati sila commissioner, tumawag sa akin, sila coach Yeng. It’s not easy pero siguro iniisip ko na lang ‘yung plano ng Diyos sa akin,” the 27-year-old Alas said.
The five-year pro has started watching PBA games again and even appeared in one of the games of Phoenix Pulse where his father is the head coach.
“Still getting there. Medyo in denial pa ako na I’ve worked my hardest naman, bakit ako? As they said nga, may plano si God sa akin. I hope na dumating ‘yung time na ma-accept ko dahil hanggang ngayon, mahirap talaga,” Alas said.
“Sinisimulan ko na ‘yung watching the games. Ang advice sa akin ng girlfriend ko at family ko, I have to move on. Wala naman akong option kundi harapin ‘to. Sinisimulan ko. Minsan, mga tao, asking me, kinakamusta ako. Nasasaktan din ako. Parang nakakaiyak pero it’s a matter of acceptance na sana dumating na ako doon,” Alas said.