MANILA, Philippines -- PBA commissioner Willie Marcial still has some requirements from suspended Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva, who has been suspended from the league since June 2019.
A series of infractions in the PBA -- including a run-in with the girlfriend of then-Blackwater rookie Ray Parks -- led Marcial to levy an indefinite ban on Abueva along with a hefty fine. Outside the court, Abueva also experienced problems with his family.
Recently, however, the "Beast" has been making positive strides, even participating in the annual Black Nazarene procession and opening a restaurant.
Marcial hinted on Tuesday that Abueva may be close to a return.
"Nag-uusap pa kami," he said during the PBA's press conference on Tuesday at the Conrad Manila. "Mayroon pa akong pinapagawa."
"Pag naayos na 'yun at okay na, ie-elevate ko sa Board kung ano ang recommendation ko," he added.
Abueva's return cannot come soon enough for a depleted Phoenix team. Governor Raymond Zorrilla noted that they are lacking in big men at the moment, especially with the retirement of Doug Kramer and the injuries suffered by Jake Pascual and Dave Marcelo.
"We are hopeful," Zorrilla said. "For us, we're just moving forward from this unfortunate incident. Some are supportive, some are not. But we're just moving forward."
Abueva has been practicing with Phoenix and keeping in shape, according to Zorrilla. He is also doing outreach activities out of his own pocket, and the team official believes that the enigmatic player has learned from his mistakes.
"We are very positive," he said. "We are hoping for his immediate return."
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