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Asi Taulava on his one last dance in the PBA: 'I just want to get into a rocking chair on a winning note'

by Reynald Magallon, February 10, 2020 2:12pm

NLEX veteran big man Asi Taulava has announced already that he'll be hanging his jersey for good after the Philippine Cup and he just wants to end his 21 year career in the pro league on a winning note.

"I just want to get into a rocking chair on a winning note, not when I get my rocking chair on a losing note. I can be sitting on a rocking chair getting ready for the happy hours to have my barbecue but getting swept by NorthPort was not fun," referring to the Road Warriors' loss last conference to then eight seeded NorthPort Batang Pier despite holding on to a twice-to-beat advantage.

Taulava said that loss fueled him more kept him motivated heading into his final stint in the PBA,

"That's what motivated me even more. Guys my age when you lose to a series like that, if you weren't playing the fire and the desire to get back up after three days later and do your individual skills work, you know, test my body and see how much still in there," recalled 'the Ageless Rock'

"I was surprised I still had it. I was pissed off from that loss. I got myself in shape and started to lift weights again, just like all the fire of the young Asi Taulava back then," he said.

following a career in the now defunct PBL, Taulava was one of the many direct hires that made it to the PBA. Taulava joined the Mobiline Phone Pals and since had dominated the league, eventually winning the Most Valuable Player plum in 2003.

Taulava, who was also named to the PBA's 40 Greatest players, admitted that at his age right now, he doesn't have the energy any more to bang bodies with the younger player in a long stretch in the game. However, the 46 year old center know he still has the advantage over more energetic and bigger players.

"I just have to be patient with myself I can't go there picking 21 and beat up everybody for five to eight minutes. I got to pick my spots and I have to be a lot smarter than young guys," said the Taulava.

"That's the advantage I have, young guys play a lot of energy, dinosaur they play with their brain," he added with a chuckle.

Aside from Taulava, teammate and fellow veteran, Cyrus Baguio and Alaska Aces big man Sonny Thoss also decided to have the Philippine Cup as their swan songs.

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