NLEX's Kevin Alas sets short-term goal of an injury-free season

As he seeks to fully regain his old form, NLEX guard Kevin Alas bared that he has set a modest goal for the upcoming 2020 PBA season.

Coming off his second anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, Alas seeks to avoid further injury and continue his budding basketball career without any more hitches.

"My short-term goal is to finish a whole season," Alas told reporters Friday at the Upper Deck Sports Center.

Alas re-injured his right ACL February last year, just five games into what was a return from the same injury he sustained in Game 5 of the 2018 Philippine Cup semifinals.

The guard recovered more quickly this time, and eventually made a comeback last November. However, his time on the court was cut short as his team made an early exit in the Governors' Cup quarterfinals.

During his long layover, he focused on his rehabilitation, admitting that he did not pay much attention to it during his first recovery.

But with lessons now stuck in his mind, the 28-year-old now seeks to redefine his game as part of a move to become a more well-rounded player.

"I didn't adjust much to my game, but I added more weapons to my offensive arsenal like having a jump shot," he explained. Prior to his two injuries, Alas's playing style was defined as being a slasher.

Having experienced two major ACL tears certainly cast a dark cloud over his mental health, seeking professional help from a sports psychologist to help with his recovery.

"It was a big help, especially after my second ACL tear because after my first I thought I was very tough, but when it happened again, I felt like it was the most depressed I had been," Alas recalled in Filipino.

Even though his confidence is not yet at 100%, Alas assured that he is close to getting there.

With his team's composition not yet assured due to the pending trade that could send Poy Erram to TNT, the Road Warriors aced an early test that should give them confidence heading to the All-Filipino.

NLEX just swept the Phoenix Super Basketball Tournament, a four-time pocket meet where they faced five-time defending champions San Miguel Beermen, Alaska, and the hosts.

"Like I said, I want the team to become constant semifinalists and it starts with consistency," said Alas.