AS THE clamor for the return of Calvin “The Beast” Abueva grew online, the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Master forward vowed not to disappoint the fans when he gets the go signal from the league.
“I will double my effort, and show a new version of Calvin Abueva,” he said in Filipino when asked what to expect of him in his return in an interview by CNN Philippines.
Abueva got some lift on his bid to return to the PBA after the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) reinstated his professional basketball license on Friday.
However, the Pampanga-native needs to undergo two more requirements, which is to join a seminar on Code of Conduct for professional athletes and undergo a drug test, GAB’s mandatory requirement for all pro athletes in the Philippines.
The PBA has allowed the 32-year-old Abueva to come with the Fuel Masters in the PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga but is still barred to watch the games when the league restarts on October 11 at the Angels University Foundation gym.
Abueva is serving an indefinite suspension with the PBA owing to his on-court acts that include the clotheslining of TNT KaTropa’s import Terrence Jones and a spat with Ray Parks Jr.’s girlfriend.
“I (felt) 50 percent (optimistic) when I was allowed to come here with the team in the bubble, another 20 percent was added when my pro license was reinstated,” he said. “It’s not yet 100 percent since I’m still waiting for the PBA ruling.”
When asked if he has talked to Commissioner Willie Marcial, the former San Sebastian Stag said that they did but the details are still confidential. “I’m just waiting and preparing myself right now. For sure I’m going to give my 110 percent if I’m already allowed to play,” he said.
Netizens came up with a hashtag #LetCalvinPlay as a show of support on Abueva’s bid to return to the PBA, which will be played in his hometown.