GABE Freeman has accepted his fate at Petron like a true pro.
The former PBA Best Import readily stepped aside when informed the Boosters have come to terms with Henry Sims, who is set to arrive on Wednesday as the Boosters new import for the Commissioner’s Cup.
Freeman took the aborted comeback well, even if he has already been practicing with the Boosters for two straight days as a standby import in case the Sims deal fell through.
The 27-year-old Freeman said he knew the set-up all along.
“That’s fine with me, it’s business,” he said. “Of course, I want to play with my team, but they had their eye on him (Sims) for a while, and they want to give him an opportunity to play here.
“I can’t be sad or mad or anything - I am just thankful that I was able to practice for two days with ‘my family,' so it’s cool man,” added the cat-quick wingman.
Freeman also bared he will no longer return to San Miguel in the Asean Basketball League since the slot he originally occupied has already been filled in by Justin Williams.
With no team to play for, Freeman is eyeing to fly back to the US on Friday for a short vacation where his kids, Jayla and Jai’on, are waiting for him.
“I miss my kids, I miss my home. I want to go back and see my kids and spend time with them,” said Freeman, who considers the Philippines as his second home.
Proof of it is the fact Freeman already calls himself and his kids as ‘half-Pinoys’ having bought Filipino-inspired shirts and mementos as presents for his children.
“Yeah I bought my kids some of those. Anything that has to do with being Filipinos I bought them that,” shared Freeman, who finds shopping in the country a lot cheaper.
“I love how Filipinos support me here. They allow me to do what I do here, so when I go home, the Philippines goes home with me. I wear Pinoy stuff in the US loud and proud,” stated Freeman, who steered San Miguel to the 2009 PBA Fiesta Cup title.
But Freeman bared he’s been receiving offers to play in other Southeast Asian countries, with the Westports Malaysia Dragons as his most ardent suitor.
“Nothing’s holding me back, there are some stuff in the works right now. But I really don’t know what’s next yet,” said Freeman while revealing he still keeps his options open in the Philippines.
“We still don’t know what happens in the next couple of days here,” he added.