Calvin Abueva vows double effort when he returns to PBA

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 15 2020 02:08 PM

Calvin Abueva vows double effort when he returns to PBA 1

MANILA, Philippines -- Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva vows to bring a double dose of energy if and when he gets the go signal to finally return to action in the PBA.

The 32-year-old Abueva is working to fulfill the last of Commissioner Willie Marcial's requirements, before his efforts are evaluated by the league. 

"The Beast" has been suspended since June 2019 following a series of incidents, which included an on-court tussle with then-TNT import Terrence Jones, and a run-in with the girlfriend of then-Blackwater rookie Ray Parks Jr.

Abueva has already fulfilled several of the league's mandates, including making a public apology and doing community service. He has also undergone a drug test, and has attended two sessions with a psychologist.

"Nagka-pandemya, hindi natuloy-tuloy, hindi nasunod-sunod 'yung session ko sa psychology," Abueva explained during an appearance on "2OT" with Carlo Pamintuan and Magoo Marjon.

The former Rookie of the Year admitted that his sessions were helpful to him, particularly in getting him to mend his relationship with his family and other people.

"Iniintay ko na lang ang apat na session dito sa psychology para makabalik," he added.

When he returns to the court, Abueva said he will maintain his tenacious style of playing basketball, although he plans to avoid the extra-curricular activities that got him in trouble in the first place.
But the boundless energy that he plays with will remain, he said.

"Hindi the same. Doble pa. Doble pa," Abueva guaranteed when Marjon asked if he will bring the same level of energy and intensity. "Doble pa."

"Kasi andoon eh -- kaya nga sinasabi ko nga sa inyo na kailangan kong mag-isip ng doble pa sa mga kailangan ko din gawin," he explained.

Abueva has stayed busy throughout his suspension, opening a restaurant, Dampa ni The Beast, to augment their family's income. He has also made amends with his wife and has become a full-time dad to their five children. 

It has not been an easy period for their family but Abueva is determined to do what he can to provide for his family, while he waits for his basketball career to resume.

"Hindi naman madali ang business. Doon lahat dapat naka-focus ka, 'di ba," he said. "Kailangan kong gawin ang part ko para mabuhay kami ng dire-diretso."

"'Di ko hahayaan na masira ako sa mga kwento ng iba. Gusto ko mabuo ang pamilya ko at mabuhay kami ng mapayapa," he added.

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