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Asi Taulava ponders retirement as he enters 20th season in PBA

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 08:04 PM January 11, 2019
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Big man Asi Taulava is looking at retirement after 20th season. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Asi Taulava is ready to hang those sneakers up.

An original giant of the PBA, the 6-foot-9 Taulava entered the league in 1998 as Mobiline’s direct hire for that season and it eventually became the beginning of one of the greatest careers of any Filipino basketball player.

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At 45, however, Taulava knows he’s reached the final days of his playing career and he hinted that the 2019 PBA season will be his last.

“I’m thinking this might be my last year, I want to get it to 20 and see where it goes from here,” said Taulava Thursday during the PBA Media Day at Solaire Resort and Casino.

“Let’s see after the final year if it’s meant to be then it will be my swan song.”

Taulava won just one title in his career but he was the 2003 MVP and was a 16-time All-Star, and represented the Philippines in several occasions.

NLEX’ amiable big man won the silver medal in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship in Changsha.

Taulava averaged 2.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 9.4 minutes of play in the past season.

“I just want to enjoy it, I’ll play my tail off, if my body can still go for another year then why not, but if my body tells me ‘Asi, it’s time to sit down and hang out with the older guys,’” said Taulava.

“It’s a win-win situation for me, I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve enjoyed this ride, and not too many players in the PBA can last 20 years.”

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