Kiefer Ravena out to show ‘tougher, wiser’ version in basketball return

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kiefer Ravena vowed he’s become a better version of himself after his Fiba-imposed suspension.And everyone will soon take notice of that transformation as he approaches his keenly-awaited basketball return.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ravena was in the middle of a promising rookie season in 2018 when his run was cut short during the PBA’s All-Star break.He was averaging 16 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game and even led the Road Warriors to the semifinals of the Philippine Cup before losing to eventual runner-up Magnolia.“That i can return slowly to where i was before. It’s a long and crazy process but we’ll go through it again together every step of the way,” said Ravena. “To all the doubters/haters, I respect you guys as much as I respect my supporters. We all have different opinions/point of views.”“But you definitely motivated me to even be better than before. For that, I appreciate the criticism even though you guys only know the preface of my story. In 33 hours, my story will continue once again.”ADVERTISEMENT The 25-year-old guard, who was suspended by Fiba for 18 months after testing positive for banned substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency, said the ban has toughened him physically and mentally.“485 out of 487 days. People will never understand what I went through. This experience has made me tougher, hungrier and a lot wiser,” Ravena posted on Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“To my day ones, you will always be a part of my journey. You guys were there every step of the way. Ya’ll never stopped believing in me.”Fiba’s suspension prevents Ravena from playing regulation basketball until August of 2019 but he can already start practicing with the Road Warriors on June 24. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PVL: Motolite stays in playoff hunt, rallies past BaliPure Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View commentslast_img

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