Some of the country’s most respected names in basketball have no doubt that the younger Kobe Paras is better compared to his father Benjie Paras, the only PBA player who became a Rookie of the Year and MVP in a PBA Season. Benjie Paras also won another MVP award after ten years since he joined the PBA.
According to basketball legends Allan Caidic and Alvin Patrimonio they have no doubt that the international basketball sensatin Kobe Paras can easily surpass his father’s basketball achievements, given his athleticism and workman-like attitude in the game most Filipinos loved to watch.
Allan Caidic is considered as one of the deadliest three-point gunners Philippine basketball has ever seen, he was even dubbed as the triggerman and one of the feared three pointers in the Asian basketball scene. The veteran triggerman was in awe seeing the 17-year-old Kobe Paras flaunt his game during the Rise Legacy Night on Saturday at the House of Rise, Mandaluyong City.
The youthful Paras soared for rim-rattling dunks, showed his silky-smooth outside shooting and went hard for the rebound against bigger defenders.
Kobe Paras was with Team Destiny composed of UAAP collegiate stars Jeron Teng of La Salle and Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo, along with PBA stars Greg Slaughter and LA Tenorio while the 52-year-old Allan Caidic was with Team Legacy who were defeated by Team Destiny with the final score of 121-109.
Alvin Patrimonio who is known as “The Captain” during his heydays in the PBA, is thrilled to see Kobe Paras’ marked improvement from the last time he saw him while playing for La Salle Greenhills.
The young Kobe Paras is entering his final year of high school at Los Angeles Cathedral, he is set to play collegiate basketball at UCLA Bruins, the same team that produced NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and current NBA stars Russell Westbrook of OKC Thunder and Kevin Love of the Cavaliers.