THE PLAYER EVERYONE LOVES TO HATE: Love him or better yet hate him (as most of this generation's PBA fans do) there is no denying the fact that no rookie has created much impact like Calvin Abueva.
He is as brash as they get. But he is a welcome change to the 'softie' players who have made it to the PBA in recent years.
Abueva plays with reckless abandon which is the reason why he lost out in the popularity contest otherwise known as the best player of the conference awards.
The PBA's most hated player is a throwback to the prima-donna players who most of the time are just going through the motions waiting to collect their next paycheck.
"Iba-iba rin kasi yung fans ng PBA. Expected ko na rin kasi na marami talaga maiinis sa akin lalo kapag nasapawan ko ang mga favorite players nila. Pero yan talaga ang laro ko. Wala ako magagawa kung marami ako talagang haters," said the cocky Abueva.
But there is another side to the persona of the man referred to as "The Beast."
He is protective of his family especially his wife who has to contend with the oftentimes below the belt comments her hardworking husband gets in the social media realm.
"Kahit anong sabihin ko sa asawa ko e nababasa pa rin niya un mga comments laban sa akin. Kaya bilin ko na lang sa kanya ay huwag na alalahanin yun (bad comments). Ang alalahanin mo ay kaming pamilya niya."
Calvin Abueva is another testament to the saying: What doesn't kill you can only make you stronger.