Moments after NLEX released its official statement regarding Kiefer Ravena’s status with the team, the 27-year-old NLEX lifer penned a heartfelt message to everyone who supported him in this new endeavor he faces.
First off, he thanked Shiga, headed by its president Shinsuke Sakai, for allowing him to join their team.
“In light of today’s announcement, I would like to thank my team, Shiga Lakestars, for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Thank you for the trust and belief that a Filipino can perform and play in such a prestigious league,” he expressed.
“Domo arigatou gozaimasu.”
Ravena then expressed his gratitude to the NLEX organization, saying that he will cherish the memories he has had with the team over the past three years.
The second generation cager also revealed that NLEX has given him the go-signal to join Shiga. However, in NLEX’s statement, it said that it would abide by the tripartite agreement between teams, the league, and the players.
“I would also like to thank my NLEX Road Warriors Family and Management. To Boss MVP [Manny V. Pangilinan], Boss Rod Franco, Boss Ronald [Dulatre], Coach Yeng [Guiao], and all my teammates, maraming salamat,” he continued.
“The support you have given me all throughout my stay has given me nothing but joy and great memories. Our dream of winning a championship will always be there. I am and will always be proud of this family,” said Ravena, who played a total of 47 games with the team.
“Thank you for giving me your blessing and backing me in this next stage of my career.”
Gilas Pilipinas’ captain also assured the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas that he will always be available for the national team even if he is in Japan.
“To Boss Al Panlilio and SBP, I appreciate the support from the start. I would like to give my assurance that I remain fully committed to the Gilas program.”
Ravena also shared that the PBA Board of Governors has expressed their support for Ravena. The blessing he has received from the league is something that he will look to repay one day.
“To the PBA and the Board of Governors, thank you for always supporting me. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity you have given us athletes.”
Last but not the least, Ravena vowed that he will make not just his fans who have been on his side through thick or thin, but also the entire country proud. This, as he and brother Thirdy will both wave the Philippine flag in Japan’s premier league.
“Lastly, to the fans, I hope you join me in this journey. I am proud to carry the flag and to say that I am a Filipino,” he said.
“I will continue to give glory to my countrymen and women in any way I can. Please continue to support me.”