Teen star Daniel Padilla explained his decision to decline spot from the AMA Computer University team that will see action in the coming PBA D-League Aspirants Cup, saying he doesn’t feel that he deserve the spot.
“Personal na desisyon ko ‘yun (pullout sa team). Hindi naman ako para sa basketball. Mas marami talagang players na dapat maglaro. Hindi naman tulad ko na pinasok lang,” the 19-year-old star of the blockbuster movie ‘She’s Dating A Gangster’ during media interview.
The “She’s Dating A Gangster” actor also cleared his mother network ABS-CBN and his handlers from blame, saying they had nothing to do with his decision not to play for the Titans, who picked him during the 15th round of the recent D-League rookie draft.
“Ang panget brad eh. Lalaro ako ‘dun (D-League). Pero hindi tayo pang PBA o D-League. Hindi ko feel na na-earn ko ang paglalaro.”
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But he admitted playing in the PBA was his boyhood dream, although he was also the first to say that training and improving his basketball skills is next to impossible at this time owing to his hectic schedule. “Hindi na talaga kakayanin ng schedule ko. Kaya naglalaro ako, hobby na lang. Pero ‘yung talagang ensayo … wala, hindi ko na kakayanin,” he said. While he regrets that declining the D-League chance made his PBA dream even dimmer, Padilla said he doesn’t mind since he felt he was included in the team not so much for his basketball stills but more for his popularity as an actor.