Magnolia and Calvin Abueva are getting along very well — for now.
Hotshots guard Paul Lee said everything has been smooth between them and Abueva, the mercurial forward who got entangled in a lot of troubles both on and off the court.
Lee said Abueva has been serving as their energy guy and sparked them to three straight wins in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup.
In their latest 89-79 win over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel over the weekend, the 6-foot-2 Abueva made an impact not just through his offensive prowess, but through his rebounding, hustle and energy in which he averages 16.67 points and 9.67 rebounds per game.
“As of now, Calvin is really doing well on and off the court,” Lee said.
“Inside the court, he’s really giving us the main thing that we’ve been looking for: his undying energy.”
Abueva was acquired by Magnolia in a shocking trade that sent Chris Banchero and a couple of future rookie picks to Phoenix.
Although Abueva’s arrival boosted their frontcourt, Lee said they still have to learn how to manage his antics and temper inside and outside the court.
Inside the court, he’s really giving us the main thing that we’ve been looking for: his undying energy.
“Actually, our coaches are doing a good job (in controlling his attitude). And it helps the team a lot,” Lee said, adding that their two-month camp in Batangas gave Abueva a lot of time to fit into the system of Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.
“The players and coaches are able to show him the things that we should be doing on the court.”
Still, the Hotshots are ready for another Abueva outburst.
“It’s now up to us on how to control him further. We are here to remind him to slow down,” Lee said.