BELEAGUERED forward Calvin Abueva revealed that he has already complied with all the requirements mandated to him by Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Willie Marcial.
However, the Phoenix star is not out of the woods just yet as he now awaits word on whether or not the indefinite suspension meted on him 14 months ago will be lifted.
In an appearance on the show “Sports Page” that aired on the One Sports channel on Wednesday night, August 19, 2020, the 32-year-old hopes he could finally be welcomed back into the league after he was slapped with an indefinite suspension following two consecutive controversial incidents that happened during the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.
“Tapos na lahat, resulta na lang ang hinihintay. Hanggang ngayon yun ang hinihintay ko kung ano ang sasabihin ni Commissioner sa ginawa ko. 'Yun na lang ang hinihintay ko, yung pakiramdam na welcome ulit ako sa PBA,” said the man popularly known as “The Beast.”
Abueva went through a series of drug and psychological tests that were part of the sanction given to him. He said that psychological tests helped a great deal in terms of introspection.
“Ang laki ng pagbabago sa mga nangyari sa akin sa past year na dumaan. Naging malinaw sa pagiisip ko kung ano dapat ang temper, dapat attitude sa mga tao,” Abueva explained.
And although the enthusiasm with which he plays will still be there, Abueva said he has learned to rein in his emotions.
“Ang pinag-aaralan ko yung emotion. Natural andiyan yan, kasabay sa laro, pero yung temper kailangan limitahan. Ang temper, yun ang magso-solve sa anger, yung panggigigil sa court, pero di panggi-gigil sa kalaban. Ang gigil kung paano mabi-beat ang bawat isa, paano mapapanalo yung team,” exclaimed the 6-foot-2 sparkplug.
Abueva added that he is so anxious to get back on the court that he just fools himself into thinking he has an injury to keep himself patient.
“Iniisip ko na lang parang may injury na lang ako. Knock on wood, pero inip na ako, gusto ko na bumalik sa laro,” said Abueva.