BENJIE Paras has always been supportive to his sons at every chosen path they’ve gone through be it at school they’ve chosen or entering show business.
Playing basketball, of course, should always be put on top of the list as it is on their DNA.
So when the elder Paras was approached by long-time national team teammate Jerry Codiñera on the possibility of Andre playing for MPBL team Imus Bandera-GLC Truck and Equipment, the cage legend studied the situation carefully and found out that his son would be a good fit to join this founding member from the fastest growing regional basketball league.
“Bagay siya dito,” the only Rookie/MVP of the PBA told FOX Sports Philippines. “Hindi kasi mahigpit sa schedule kaya hindi rin makakaapekto kay Andre lalo pa nasa showbiz rin siya.”
With less pressure and the sense of comfort playing with the system of Codiñera, the younger Paras will play for the Bandera in the coming MPBL season.
“I think this is a good league for Andre. We really wanted to include basketball in his schedule and with Coach Jerry, hindi siya ganun kahigpit and understands his situation. Pero nakita rin naman ni Andre how disciplined Coach Jerry’s team is dahil nakikita niya sa Arellano,” added the elder Paras.
A 6-foot-5 player agile player, Andre will be a welcome addition to the Bandera, who still have Ian Melencio, one of the top scorers and play makers in the season just passed, and Orly Daroya, the league’s leading three-point shooter (in terms of percentage).
With uncertainty looms at PBA D-League where Andre’s college team, AMA Computer, is going to play, Benjie sees this as a perfect opportunity as well for his son to join the MPBL.
“Maganda itong tournament na ito. I think given a few more years, this could be the next big league,” added the elder Paras.
Andre will become the second celebrity baller to play in the MPBL. A few weeks ago, Gerald Anderson, a former varsity player, who became a movie and television star, had agreed to play for the Marikina Shoemasters.