THERE’S really no slowing down the ‘Ageless Rock’ Asi Taulava.
Currently the oldest player in the PBA at 45, Taulava has no plans of hanging up his jersey at this time and this was confirmed by NLEX head coach and general manager Yeng Guiao to FOX Sports Philippines.
“Gusto niya pa talaga eh, so we extended him to complete his 20th year of playing in the PBA,” Guiao said in a telephone interview. “We’re doing this, not because gusto lang namin siyang pagbigyan, but we felt there’s no other player in our squad who can match up with the likes of June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, and Japeth Aguilar among others.”
According to Guiao, Taulava’s eagerness to add different facets in his game is one of the reasons why they decided to keep the services of the many-time national team member and former league MVP.
“He never stops from learning. He’s still eager to learn even at this time and I think that’s one of the good trademarks of a player who wants to continue playing,” added Guiao. “We’re going to need him, at least for eight to 10 minutes a game. Of course, it could be extended if ever he plays well.”
Just recently, Taulava had shown an added dimension to his game by developing his three-point shooting and he had shown that in the Asian Games last August as well as the recent PBA Governors Cup.
With the impending inclusion of Poy Erram, whom the Road Warriors are expected to acquire following a trade with Blackwater, Taulava has become more valuable as the veteran center will act as a mentor to the up-and-coming star center.
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