Suspended Phoenix striker Calvin Abueva. REQUEST PHOTO / TRISTAN TAMAYO
MANILA, Philippines – While Calvin Abueva was waiting for the decision to let him play in the PBA again, he was busy.
The former international is still working hard on practicing with the Fuel Masters. He also opened a restaurant shop in San Juan and also did charity work.
Shortly before the PBA season, Abueva does his best to prove that he is a changed man and also stays in top shape if he gets the go-ahead.
"I'm very excited to play, but we still have to take it easy because we don't want injuries because the season is about to start," said Abueva in Filipino. "The season is about to begin, so I'm getting ready to play."
"I just do everything I can to get ready, because it's not just for me, but also for the team," said Abueva. "We only have to make an effort and I am just waiting for the start signal. I am now only placing my fate in God's hands."
Abueva has been suspended from the league since June 2019 after a physical confrontation with TNT import Terrence Jones and a verbal argument with Bobby Ray Parks Jr.'s girlfriend. Last September he was allowed to practice with Phoenix by the PBA.
However, he was not allowed to participate in the tuning games of the Fuel Masters for the coming season.
"There are a few words that Calvin won't use again in the near future, but hopefully he'll be allowed back into the league," said Phoenix head coach Louie Alas. "In all fairness to Calvin, he does everything to come back."
"You really have to feel sorry for him because it was really difficult for him and he is now cooking in his Dampa restaurant," added Alas. "Well, he's a good cook."
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