Ali Peek sat on a monobloc chair. I’m surprised that the monobloc chair was sturdy enough to carry all of Ali. He was about to go on-camera to discuss his retirement, 16 years in the PBA, and post-career plans. He was a quiet figure inside a busy production room. Unaffected by the surrounding chatter, Ali Peek reflected on the past, present and future. I figured he was in an introspective mood. Hence, it was the perfect time to ask Ali to explain his reasons for hanging it up and why he partially blames Asi Taulava for all this.
MH: How are you?
AP: I’m tired.
MH: Tired? You’re Ali Peek. How can you be tired?
AP: It probably has something to do with me being 39 years old. I’m an aging center and power forward. When you have guys like June Mar and Japeth who jumps out of the gym and Greg Slaughter, I take a look at those guys and I figure it’s time for me to leave the league. Let the other guys deal with them. Let Asi (Taulava) deal with them (laughs).
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