As he nears his 20th season, Asi Taulava thinks of retirement

Pauliasi ‘Asi’ Taulava (Photo Credits:

Asi Taulava is considering retirement after he finishes playing in the PBA Season 44, his 20th season playing in the league.

I think this might be my last year. I wanted to just get to 20 and see where it goes from here,” Taulava told reporters on Thursday, Jan. 10, during the Media Day of the PBA at the Solaire Resort and Casino.

If it’s meant to be, this will be my final year, my final swan song,” the 45-year old center of the NLEX Road Warriors added.

Taulava promised to play his best in the upcoming season, and see whether his body will still allow him to play for another year. However, he will retire if he feels that his body is telling him ‘to sit down and hang out with the older guys’.

The 6’9 Filipino-Tongan basketball star added that he enjoyed playing in the PBA, and mentioned that only a handful players lasted 20 years in the premier basketball league of the Philippines.

It’s a win-win situation for me. I’ve enjoyed this ride. I think there is only four of us in the PBA that lasted for 20 years. I can’t believe that I got here,” Taulava said.

Taulava, who has played in the PBA since 1999, has only won a single championship, the 2003 All-Filipino Cup, in the league. He was also feted the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the same conference and the season MVP during that same year.

He has also been included in the PBA All-Star teams in 16 different seasons.

Taulava also represented the Philippines in international teams. He played for the national team that won silver during the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, China, and the 2015 William Jones Cup in Iran.

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