Louie Alas sa­vors chance to share court with son Kevin

Business World - - WORLD SPORTS - Rey Joble

BACK as head coach in the Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (PBA) af­ter 16 years, Louie Alas will now have a chance to ei­ther ac­quire his son, Kevin, from the NLEX Road War­riors, or build on their “ri­valry.”

The el­der Alas’s re­cent ap­point­ment as head coach of the Phoenix Fuel Masters put the many-time col­le­giate cham­pion coach and for­mer national team men­tor in a pos­tion to lure his son to play for him.

The last time the fa­ther and son were in one team was in 2012 when they helped the Le­tran Knights reach the National Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (NCAA) fi­nals against ri­vals San Beda Red Lions.

In the PBA, Louie and Kevin ended up with dif­fer­ent teams. The el­der Alas be­came an as­sis­tant coach of Alex Comp­ton when he be­came head coach in 2014 while the younger Alas was se­lected sec­ond over­all by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the Rookie Draft that same year be­fore be­ing traded to the TNT Tropang Tex­ters where he won a cham­pi­onship in his rookie sea­son.

Kevin then traded to the NLEX Road War­riors where he has been able to find his niche as a player as an in­te­gral part of coach Yeng Guiao’s sys­tem.

Now back as a PBA coach, is Louie, who re­placed Ariel Van­guardia as Phoenix coach, bent on adding Kevin as part of the Fuel Masters?

“Of course I want him to play for me at Phoenix, but it’s not my call. It’s his call,” the el­der Alas told Busi­nessWorld.

“But the way I see and feel it, Kevin loves it there at NLEX. He likes the coaches, es­pe­cially Coach Yeng and the man­age­ment. Even if I like him, I won’t force it,” he added.

The younger Alas has made known his ad­mi­ra­tion for cur­rent coach Guiao.

In 2014, Kevin had a chance to play for the fiery men­tor with Rain or Shine but was traded to TNT.

Last sea­son, Kevin got a chance to fi­nally play for Guiao and in just two con­fer­ences, the cager be­came an in­te­gral part of the team’s sys­tem.

With the re­union right now too much of a stretch, bas­ket­ball fans can only look for­ward to a pos­si­ble ri­valry be­tween fa­ther and son.

“I don’t see it as a ri­valry. I al­ways want him to play well. When he was in TNT, they beat us once, then he got in­jured. When he was in NLEX, he beat me twice,” said the el­der Alas.

“We just want the best for both of us, so we wish each other good luck.” —

THE FA­THER and son tan­dem of Louie and Kevin Alas was last seen to­gether at Le­tran in the NCAA Fi­nals in 2012.

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