MANILA, Philippines – Kevin Alas is approaching NLEX's upcoming game against Phoenix on Sunday with utmost professionalism, even as it marks the first time that he will be playing against his father, coach Louie Alas.
"Sa Alaska, assistant coach siya, deputy," the younger Alas said Wednesday after NLEX's practice. "It's the first time na makakalaban ko 'yung dad ko as a head coach, then ako, on the opposing team as a player."
"Siyempre, excited ako," he added.
Coach Louie has acknowledged that his own son is one of the NLEX players that Phoenix will need to watch out for. So far, Kevin is averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Road Warriors, who have won their first two games of the PBA Philippine Cup.
The Phoenix coach even joked that they will play trapping defense on Kevin even in the parking area of the game venue.
According to Kevin, his dad even talked some trash over the holidays, as their family spent Christmas and New Year together.
"When we had dinner, parang may biruan," he said. "Siyempre, nagwo-work out ako sa bahay. Parang (sabi niya), 'Kahit mag-ganyan ka, hindi mo kami tatalunin.'"
"Biruan na ganyan. Pero it's just fun. We were not talking about it much, puro family lang muna," he added.
Trash talk and mind games aside, Kevin is hopeful that he can come up with a good performance on Sunday, even if it does come at the expense of his father's team.
"It's a matter of getting prepared for Sunday's game," he said. "I prepared during sa mahabang break namin, so hopefully, maganda talaga ang ipakita ko."
Once the game is over, Kevin will go back to hoping that his father will experience success as a head coach in the PBA.
"Siyempre, gusto ko siyang maging successful with Phoenix. Pero siyepre pag kalaban naman kami, huwag naman, 'di ba?" he said.
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