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Chicago-based former Philippine Basketball Association player Peter Aguilar is hopeful that his beleaguered son Japeth has found the right coach in Ginebra’s Alfrancis Chua.
While he feels elated in knowing that the younger Aguilar is now with Ginebra, it still remains to be seen if the league’s crowd drawer will truly be the right team for the high-flying former top rookie pick.
“Sa tingin ko, makakatulong sa kaniya ‘yan pero importante siyempre ‘yung manalo sila. kasi kung hindi din mananalo, paano din siya makikilala”” said Aguilar, who once played for Anejo.
Recently, the young Aguilar was released by GlobalPort Batang Pier for Ginebra’s Yousef Taha and a first-round pick in a four-team blockbuster deal that also involved Petron and Barako Bull.
Since 2009, Aguilar has played under two champion coaches in Yeng Guiao and Chot Reyes, then for rookie coach Glen Capacio and Junel Baculi via GlobalPort the last two conferences. Aguilar’s stint with Guiao lasted only one game after Burger King traded him to Talk ‘N Text for future picks.
Chua will be Aguilar’s fifth PBA coach in four years.
“Hindi ako pamilyar sa style ni coach Alfrancis pero napapanood ko mga diskarte niya. Nasa coach kasi ‘yan. ‘Pag sinabing ‘wag ka titira sa labas, ‘yun ang dapat sundan niya ano man ‘yung play para sa kaniya,” said Aguilar.
HUMBLE GUY. Peter said he keeps on reminding his son about the importance of keeping his focus on what he does best and at the same time, maintaining a simple attitude while playing.
“Pag-naka block ka or dunk, mas maganda tignan babalik ka na lang, huwag ka na mag-react. Mas marami matutuwa sayo kung makita ka na simple lang,” said Aguilar.
Aguilar added playing with Ginebra alone is a huge factor in terms of being well-known among Filipino basketball fans.
“Ang dami kong pinaglaruan sa PBA pero natatandaan nila ako nu’ng naglaro ako sa Ginebra. Sa tingin ko gusto niya din maglaro diyan kasi, sino ba naman ang ayaw maglaro sa Ginebra?” said Aguilar.
Aguilar said he and his wife plan to return home as they await the enactment into law of a controversial immigration bill in the United States that is reportedly being supported by president Barack Obama.
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