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    Louie Alas says Phoenix not forcing players to join when team workouts resume

    Aug 2, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    PHOENIX is keeping an open mind on team guidelines once the PBA officially allow all 12 ballclubs to start with player workouts.

    The Fuel Masters made it clear players can choose not to join the team if they are uneasy with working out in groups, despite the implementation of a strict health protocols as per approved by the league.

    Management according to coach Louie Alas, understands players who are uncertain going to workouts especially those who are living with a pregnant wife, elders, and babies.

    “Kami ang nag-aalinlangan para sa kanila. And I told them that we will not take it against you,” said Alas, sharing what the team talked about during the last Fuel Masters video meeting.

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    “Sabi namin kung hindi kayo kumportable mag-practice, just let us know at hindi namin kayo pipilitin,” he added. “Kasi hindi biro yung extent ng danger ng pandemic na ito. Yun ang sinabi namin sa kanila.”

    COVID-19 cases in the country, especially in epicenter National Capital Region (NCR), has surged the past week and breached the 100,000 mark, including a new one-day record of 5,032 cases on Sunday.

    The real trouper, none among the Fuel Masters have approached management about it that the team made it upon itself to talk to at least two of its players.

    “Kami na mismo ang nagsabi kay Jason (Perkins) kasi yung wife niya pregnant na pag-isipan niyang mabuti,” said Alas.

    “Tsaka si Jansen Rios, kasi may tatlo siyang 60 or 70-years-old na kasama sa bahay. So sabi namin just let us know and we will not take it against you.”

    Looking forward to the start of individual workouts, the Fuel Masters continue to train together via video at least three times a week to help them stay in shape.

    “Kahit papaano may connection kami, may contact kami sa isa’t isa,” he said of the Fuel Masters.

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    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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