ANTIPOLO CITY - It helps that Paul Zamar's No. 1 critic now belongs to the team he plays for in the PBA.
The sophomore guard admitted father Boycie Zamar is always hard at him, encouraging him not to get complacent now that he's playing for a champion team like San Miguel Beer.
The elder Zamar, one of the deputies of SMB coach Leo Austria, is on his son's case each time he commits errors, both in games and practices.
"It's an advantage kasi hindi niya napapansin 'yung magandang ginagawa ko. Everytime yung mali para nako-correct ko yung sarili ko and also para ma-guard ko yung sarili ko sa pagre-relax," said Zamar after the Beermen defeated the Meralco Bolts, 105-93, for their second straight win in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Zamar, acquired by the team only during the off-season from Blackwater, there's no reason to be complacent in a team as deep and as talented as SMB.
"Sa team na ito hindi ka puwedeng mag-relax. Very deep yung talent," he said. "So I have to compete everyday."
Against Meralco, the former University of the East standout scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including seven in the fourth quarter.
"Everyday binibigyan ko ng challenge yung sarili ko para mag-fit in sa team," said Zamar.
It helps too, that some of San Miguel's veterans like Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, among others, have been supportive of the new players in the team like him.
With the Beermen teeming with talent, Zamar has embraced the role of reliever, which he hopes he'll be able to justify for the entire season
"Mahaba pa yung season and I still have a lot of work to do. But one step at a time makukuha ko rin yun," he said.
Most especially with father Boycie always behind him.