Taulava may not join Ginebra after all


Posted at Oct 19 2013 05:03 PM | Updated as of Oct 20 2013 01:03 AM

MANILA - After expressing his desire to return to Barangay Ginebra in the Philippine Basketball Association, Asi Taulava now seems set to continue his rejuvenated form in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

Alfrancis Chua, team manager for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, reportedly said that Taulava may prefer the longer intervals between matches in the ABL.

"I don’t know what his plans are. I think he’ll stick to playing in the ABL where the games are played with long in-between periods. The recovery time is much shorter in the PBA where sometimes, you play three to four games in nine to 10 days," Chua was quoted as saying by the Philippine Star in a report published Saturday.

Meralco currently holds Taulava's PBA rights. It has nonetheless expressed willingness to allow a possible move to Ginebra if the ABL's Most Valuable Player wished to.

However, Chua downplayed any concern over the current team's capability to challenge for titles.

"We were bogged down by injuries,” he said, referring to their quarter-final exit from the Governor's Cup. “Kerby and Japeth hardly played. We had no big man to back up Dior but we fought until the end."

"Japeth is now 80 to 90 percent back. He’s doing a lot of strengthening to get ready for the next season. Our team is back in the gym, working out from 9 to 11 in the morning at Green Meadows. Eventually, we’ll go back to practicing at the Xavier gym,” he said.