CALVIN Abueva is relishing his “second chance” with Gilas Pilipinas as well as with Alaska after a personal problem caused him to miss a few practices of the national team and the Aces, even missing his mother club’s PBA Governors’ Cup game against Star last Friday.
Granting his first interview since his mysterious absence, the Gilas and Aces star declined to talk about the reason behind it, but apologized to the national team and the Aces for being a no-show last week.
“May inasikaso lang about sa personal,” Abueva said in a chat with SPIN.ph on Tuesday after Alaska practice. “Pero ngayon bumabawi ako, kasi kailangan namin manalo sa game namin sa Talk ‘N Text ngayong Friday kasi alis na kami ng Saturday pa-Lebanon.”
“Quiet na lang ako na hindi magsalita, syempre pine-personal ko ano yung buhay ko ngayon,” he added.
Missing Gilas’ first four practices in their buildup for the Fiba Asia Cup is what Abueva is especially sorry for.
“(Nakiusap ako) na bigyan ako ng second chance,” the 6-foot-2 energizer bunny regarded as the national team’s new heart and soul said. “Syempre ayaw ko rin mawala sa Gilas, ‘di ba? Sino bang tao gusto mawala sa Gilas? Kaya syempre double effort.”
The enigmatic 29-year-old Pampanga native, though, admitted he had no regrets over his absences, saying it rejuvenated him.
“Hindi naman ako magsisisi… Oo (worth it), mas okay ako, mas naging refreshed ako ngayon,” Abueva said. “Pag may problema ka, hindi mo naman maiisip kung ano ako, masisira lang laro mo, hindi ka makakapag-focus, kaya right now naayos na problema ko, makakapag-focus na ako kasi all the way.”
“Kahit na nag-miss ako ng one week, basta’t yung first day ng ensayo (sa Gilas), pinakita ko agad kung sino talaga ako,” he added after rejoining national team practice on Monday night.
And judging by the way he performed in practice, 'The Beast' is indeed back.