•‘ ME TIME’ for PBA bigs

Cebu Libre - - FRONT PAGE - By Ran­dolph B. Leong­son IN­QUIRER LI­BRE CON­TRIB­U­TOR

WITH sum­mer time right around the cor­ner, a lot of people are al­ready look­ing ahead to have some rest and re­cre­ation time.

But imag­ine think­ing about that and play­ing com­pet­i­tive bas­ket­ball as your day job.

Now, put yourself in a po­si­tion with that fac­tors and be­ing seven-foot tall.

How dif­fer­ent would that be from how the or­di­nary guys re­lax?

Ba­si­cally, not much.

Seven-feet tall Greg Slaugh­ter of Barangay Ginebra said, ‘‘I just re­lax in my room.”

Gregzilla trea- sures the lux­ury of hav­ing his room as his com­fort zone where he takes time to have some ‘‘ me time.”

‘‘I got a nice place with a nice view, and it’s very soli­tary. It’s just a nice place where I can gather my thoughts,” he said.

June Mar Fa­jardo shared this reg­i­men of find­ing com­fort in his own room.

‘‘Wala na­man akong ibang gi­na­gawa kundi mat­u­log at hu­miga,” the Krak- en shared with a laugh.

“La­hat ng pang-en­ter­tain­ment, na­bili ko na. Home the­ater, PSP, PS3, PS4. May PC pa ko, may lap­top pa ko. La­hat na, an­dun sa kuwarto ko para di na ko lum­abas.”

On the rare times he opts to go out of his ‘‘en­ter­tain­ment room”, the 6-foot-10 Beer­men cen­ter finds him­self at the swim­ming pool.

‘‘Min­san, mag­bababad lang ako sa pool ta­pos tinit­ig­nan ko yung mga build­ing. Mag-iisip isip ta­pos tinatanong ko sa sar­ili ko, ’Bat ako na­punta dito?’,” he said, ig­nit­ing an­other set of laughs.

Maybe there aren’t much of a dif­fer­ence when these big guys get older.

Air21’s Asi Taulava shared, ‘‘I just go home, ice down and eat healthy.”

The 41-year-old is keen to prove him­self to the league that he can still hang on with the young bigs de­spite be­ing one of the forces in the paint for the past decade.

He said, ‘‘The most im­por­tant thing for me right now is to eat some­thing healthy, so that way, your body doesn’t spend too much time di­gest­ing food.”

‘‘I’m 41 and ev­ery­thing is ad­just­ing and chang­ing.”

De­spite be­ing the league’s el­dest states­man, Taulava’s R-andR is still fo­cused of get­ting him­self in a bet­ter po­si­tion to fur­ther ex­tend his play­ing ca­reer.

‘‘ I got to go out there and wres­tle,” he said. ‘‘ Its all in the brain now. These guys are ath­letic, and I can’t take any­thing away from them.”

‘‘Right now, its play­ing with your mind, and play­ing smart.”


HOME­BODY THE SMB be­he­moth spends time in­side his room.



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