Normally, second generation players find it hard to live up to their parents’ legacy as they eventually end up as a disappointment in the PBA.
In fact, a look back at history and one can see a long list of second-generation PBA players, who failed to meet the expectations from basketball fans wanting to see them exceed if not equal their fathers’ accomplishments.
But Kobe Paras, Jeron Teng and Kiefer Ravena have made distinguishing marks so far in their young careers as amateur players. And these up and coming players are expected to surpass what their dads have accomplished so far in the pros.
So when the opportunity presented itself, these young generation of ballers grabbed the chance to play in one team that will represent the country in the international stage.
Ravena shared during the Chooks Pilipinas FIBA 3×3 team press conference at the Discovery Suites, how the team was formed.
“Totoo yun. Nasa bahay siya, papunta kaming gym, tapos sakto nag-text sa akin si Anton (Altamirano). We were discussing kung sino, who to get kasi ang naka-commit pa lang si Jeron and I,” Ravena said.
“So sabi ko, ‘Kobe, di ba you’ll redshirt pa? Kasi di ba he transferred? Gusto mo laro ka muna.’ Sabi niya, tignan namin. Eventually, pinagbigyan din siya. That’s how it started the three of us.”
Reymar Jose was supposed to complete the four-man list before JR Quiñahan took his spot because of schedule problems.
“We’re looking at Toto, kasi we were looking at a hustle and energy guy. Sayang lang, di kinaya ng sked. Pero si kuya JR, fortunately, he’ll bring the same thing,” shared the son of former PBA Rookie of the Year Bong Ravena.
Former NU coach Eric Altamirano will mentor the group before they head out to France for the FIBA 3×3 World Cup in June.
“Na-explain niya agad sa amin how the game is played and how we can mesh. I think si coach E na-handle niya yung dad ko tsaka si tito Alvin. He played together with tito Benjie so I guess, di siya nahirapan i-handle yung second generation,” Ravena added.
“Sabi lang niya, mag-enjoy kami kasi this is a rare chance to be together. Minsan lang kami magsama-sama so make the most out of it.”
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