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    Willie Miller grateful to fly the flag, eight years after Fiba Asia stint under Guiao

    Feb 8, 2017
    Retirement, Willie Miller says, remains far from his mind. Jaime Campos  

    WILLIE Miller remains a bundle of energy, eager to tackle new challenges as he pushes 40.

    Tapped to beef up the ever-evolving Mighty Sports lineup, Miller is raring to show he still has what it takes to help lift a team, torching defenders in scrimmages as they prepare for the 2017 Dubai International Championship late this month.

    It’s not like eight years ago when Miller played for the Philippine national team in the 2009 Fiba Asia Championship under Yeng Guiao, but the fact that he's playing with the Philippine flag on his jersey — at his age — is already a reason to be grateful.

    “Napakaganda to sa mga players, active or not, pag nakuha ka ire-represent mo yung Pilipinas, iba 'yung feeling e,” Miller continued.

    “Itong chance na to, nasa uniform namin is Pilipinas. Napakasarap sa feeling.”

    When SPIN.ph pointed out Miller's youthful energy in practice after the session, Miller turned from serious into his usual playful persona.

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    “Parang bata no? Parang bata sa kalokohan,” Miller said, laughing heartily.

    [See Two years after his final PBA game, Willie Miller's life still revolves around basketball]

    The former PBA MVP also keeps himself busy with basketball clinics, hoping to help develop young Filipino stars, while trying to keep fit for stints such as the Dubai invitational.

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    "Basketball kasi once you stop, dun ka na dirediretso mawawala e. Sabi nila basketball, dirediretso lang, lalo na sa amin araw-araw naging habit na namin e, bola, practice, workout pag hindi magkakasakit ka," Miller said.

    "Hopefully sana magdirediretso lang yung kundisyon, yung fresh yung katawan mo, yung wala kang injury," the proud Letran alumnus added.

    Retirement, Miller said, remains far from his mind.

    “Kahit mag-stop ako, makakita ako ng court, may magyaya sakin, naglalaro parin ako e. Di applicable sakin yung retirement, yung stop-stop, diretso pa rin.

    He borrowed one line from a popular Pringles commercial to stress his point.

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    "Naumpisahan natin, once you pop, you can’t stop e.”

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