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Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva still can't join his team in PBA bubble

Calvin Abueva won't be with Phoenix when the team enters the PBA bubble. Ernie Sarmiento

Calvin Abueva won't be joining the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the PBA's Clark bubble just yet as the suspended forward still has to complete his requirements, according to PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.

That's why the league didn't allow Abueva, who has been suspended since June of last year, to join the Phoenix delegation for the bubble conference in Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles, Pampanga.

The Fuel Masters initially included the mercurial forward in their 15-man lineup for the games but since Abueva is still suspended, he can't enter the bubble.

"May hindi pa siya natapos na requirements (he still has to complete some requirements)," Marcial told former commissioner Noli Eala in Saturday's episode of Power & Play.

Contrary to the sentiments of some, Marcial said the league isn't treating Abueva unfairly.

"Nakausap ko siya two or three weeks ago. Alam ni Calvin gagawin niya. Naiintindihan niya ako, naiintindihan ko siya. Para sa ikabubuti po ni Calvin itong ginagawa ko (I talked to him two or three weeks ago. Calvin knows what to do. We understand each other. This is for his own good)," Marcial said.

Marcial, though, isn't ruling out the possibility of Abueva eventually making the bubble which will be held in his hometown Pampanga.

"Tignan natin (let's see)," he said. "Kunware matapos nya, tignan natin. Ayoko magsalita ng tapos. Di pa natin alam kung papano (Let's say he finishes the requirements. We'll see. I don't want to say anything definitively. We don't know yet how this unfold)."

The league will resume play on October 11, seven months after the Covid-19 pandemic suspended the games indefinitely.