NLEX’s ageless big man Asi Taulava reiterated his commitment to help Gilas Pilipinas which has been hit by a spate of injuries since resuming practice just 10 days ago.
The 6-foot-10 Taulava said he’s always ready and available for the national team if ever they need his services, even if it’s just as a practice player since his name wasn’t included in the 24-man list submitted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to FIBA.
But then again, serving the national team all depends on Gilas coach Tab Baldwin.
“That’s really up to coach Tab. But you know I will not turn my back for the country, especially with the way I’m feeling now, I’m never gonna say no,” Taulava told FOX Sports on Saturday.
Taulava, who just turned 43 last March, is coming off a minor surgery on his left knee last month to clean up some loose ligaments.
The Fil-Tongan big man said he has been doing therapy religiously and has started doing his individual workout already.
Nicknamed “the Rock”, Taulava said he intends to visit the Gilas practice on Sunday at the Meralco gym and try to encourage everyone, including naturalized big man Andray Blatche, who just arrived late Friday night.
Taulava has been a regular fixture in numerous national teams, including last year’s stint with Gilas, which placed 2nd in both the William Jones Cup and the FIBA Asia men’s championships in Changsa, China. – By Richard Dy
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