Personal problems shouldn't get in the way of Gilas duties, says Abueva

Suspended Alaska forward Calvin Abueva is not going to let his current "personal problems" get in the way as he tries to get into the final 12 for Gilas, which is slated to face Chinese Taipei on June 29 and Australia on July 2 in the third window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

Sporting a clean-shaven head with a blue headband, "The Beast" joined the hour-long Gilas practice at the Meralco gym on Monday and seemed happy as he chatted with naturalized player Andray Blatche and former La Salle big man Abu Tratter.

"It's a different situation this time playing for Gilas," Abueva told a few reporters in Filipino.

"Personal problems should not get in the way," he added.

While refusing to elaborate on his ongoing personal issues that led to his one-week absence and subsequent suspension from Alaska, the enigmatic forward vowed to go all out in trying to earn his spot anew with Gilas.

"This is a good challenge for me again to play for Gilas," stressed the former PBA Rookie of the Year. "And I won't waste this opportunity to play for the national team in the third window."

The hard-banging Alaska wingman added he has managed to stay in shape despite being away from the Aces' practices the past week.

"I'm in good condition because I still go do shootarounds and I'm in shape," he said.