PBA: Kevin Alas ‘wiser’ with approach to return

By Kevin Sox

NLEX Road Warriors guard Kevin Alas said at the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum that he will be taking a “wiser” approach as he continues to recover from an ACL injury sustained earlier this year.

“I need to be wiser now because my career is at stake. It’s really more of an emotional and psychological battle,” said Alas.

Kevin Alas
Kevin Alas (PSA photo)

Alas suffered an ACL injury last February, the second on the right knee after an ACL tear just 11 months prior.

The 27-year-old backcourt star was only five games into his return when the second injury happened.

“This time, I don’t want to rush things. I will be more patient with my progress. That makes it really frustrating because I know I can help the team,” said Alas.

Aside from Alas, his backcourt partner Kiefer Ravena also missed a huge chunk of time due to a FIBA-meted suspension.

Having been a D-League champion and a member of the Gilas pool, Alas was one of the budding stars in the PBA prior to his injuries.

But being smart and preventive this time, Alas said he is in no position to hurry or rush his return.

“I really look forward to returning, maybe in time for the Governors Cup. But I will not rush things. And when I return, I will not put too much pressure on myself,” said Alas.

“I will not pressure myself putting up the numbers and being as good. I’ve learned by lesson. When I return, I will just be thankful. That will be my mindset.”