THE MVP award he has won at the age of 40 has not shaken Asi Taulava's focus as the San Miguel big man pursues the one thing he wanted most when he moved to the ABL.
“My main goal when I came to the ABL is to win a championship," the blond-haired big man said, "the MVP award is just an appetizer. I’m on the main course now.”
That mission reaches its critical point on Friday night when Taulava and the Beermen play in Game One of the Finals against the Indonesia Warriors, the same team that denied them last year's title.
But regardless of what happens in the best-of-five series, Taulava has made enough impact during the ABL season to attract renewed interest among PBA teams, with at least two ballclubs - Barangay Ginebra and Air21 - hot in pursuit of the rejuvenated slotman.
Those matters, however, will have to wait as Taulava puts his complete focus on the task at hand.
“We’ve been reading about it. But that’s not my focus right now,” the former PBA MVP told Spin.ph in a phone interview.
Taulava doesn't hide his desire to return to the PBA, but the veteran center insists he is leaving it up to the San Miguel Corp. bosses on where he's headed next.
“The (PBA) door has always been open, so are the other opportunities. At the end of the ABL finals, it’s up to the San Miguel management what they want for me,” said Taulava, citing San Miguel big boss Ramon S. Ang an sports director Noli Eala.
“For now, I’ll just play my role where they put me. If in the next weeks or months I get a new challenge, that’s up to them. I am just playing a role,” he added.