Kevin’s father, Louie, was drafted by Purefoods back in the 1980s but was unable to play because of a career-ending knee injury during a scrimmage before the start of the season. It is through his son, that the father is living out his PBA dreams. Of course, Louie has also been a coach in the league, first with Mobiline, and now with Phoenix.
Now the son, ironically, was drafted by Talk ‘N Text, which as Mobiline, was once under his father (although Kevin has made the lateral move to NLEX).
After he was named to Gilas, we spoke with Kevin about his current stint with the national team.
SBP: How does it feel to be a part of the senior national team?
Kevin: Of course, I am very happy. You dream of it and think about it. Pero hindi madali makarating dito. Minsan hindi ko na naiisip kasi baka ma-disappoint ka lang. Pero nung naisama ako, sarap ng feeling. Imagine… nasa PBA ka na tapos national team pa? As a basketball player, aside from winning a championship na dream natin, fulfilling ito.
SBP: Can you talk about the experience of playing in these Asian Qualifiers.
Kevin: Test ito para sa akin. Iba na rin yung naabot na level ni Kuya Jayson (Castro). So inspirasyon siya sa akin na makatulong din sa bayan. Very helpful yung teammates ko lalo na mga veterans. At masaya yung samahan. So mas maganda yung experience. Lalo na kung maka-advance tayo ng malayo sa competition.
SBP: Lastly, what do you think of the Asian competition?
Kevin: Grabe. Ang gagaling. You cannot take anyone lightly. Kung hindi ka lumalaban para sa bayan, fan ka rin nila.