Not only was Rivaldo Tandra Pangesthio a part of the Honda DBL All-Star squad in year 2012 and 2013, but the UPH student apparently also pocketed many achievements in the basketball world.
His basketball career began to see the light when he first succeeded in bringing the name of Santo Petrus Pontianak High School to be the Honda DBL West Kalimantan Series champion in the year 2012. Chosen as the first rank in Honda DBL Team, Rivaldo, or often called as Aldo, got the chance to go to Surabaya to take part in the Honda DBL Camp with hundreds of other basketball players from all over the nation. Other than successfully joined the DBL All-Star squad in 2012 and 2013, Aldo also brought his campus basketball team, UPH Eagles, to become champions of the National Student League in 2015 and 2016. Aldo has also been representing the Indonesian team in the international arena in 3×3 branches.
So you’ve started playing basketball since elementary school and accomplished so much, what is the thing that makes you passionate about basketball?
“Actually, my parents. My mom used to be a professional basketball player, so it kinda reflected on me growing up. Basket also allows me to travel around the world. I came from a small town, and it’s really hard to make it in the national team. I was put in a selection in Surabaya, and went through to be the DBL All-Star team and got sent to the States. Got a call for the national team selection to go to Mongolia and thankfully I made it to the selection.”
You built basketball from a hobby to a career, what do you learn from basketball in the process?
“Basketball thought me one thing and that is if you keep working hard, it will pay off for you eventually.”
You were once crowned as MVP for 3×3 Indonesia, right?
“So excited and happy. Sure, MVP is an achievement, but it motivated me more to push myself further for the national team.”
Did you eventually join the Satria Muda Pertamina club?
“Yes, I signed a contract with them, but ever since there was a new system called the IBL Draft, players can no longer freely choose which team they want to be in. This IBL Draft system only allows clubs to choose the players.”
Who’s your favorite basketball player who inspires you the most?
“Lebron James, he’s just an all around inspiring family guy who balances his career and personal life. It’s hard to spot his minuses, I look up to his game style, his body regimens to stay fit, he’s just a big inspiration for me in general.”
As a basketball athlete, how do you take care of your stamina to be more extra fit?
“Practice and exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and eat healthy. You can see that all athletes from overseas have their own doctors to manage their diet, but in Indonesia, athletes still eat carelessly because that’s just how it is in here. For me, I rarely eat carbs, so I mostly consume proteins like meat and chicken.”
Other passion besides basketball that you’re currently focusing on?
“Since I’m not in the main team due to the IBL Draft system, I spend my time more into my business. Currently running small businesses: a coffee shop back home in Pontianak, a water filtration machine company, a small business selling snacks, and also managing a small restaurant in Karawaci.”
So would there be any chance that you’d choose business over basket ball in the future?
“If I want to continue this basketball career, absolutely I want to cause there’s still more to explore in this area. I haven’t reached that point where I have to be in the biggest league in Indonesia. In Indonesia, being an athlete is great, but sometimes simply as a hobby. So it might be a bit difficult to earn a living as an athlete in the future. Being a businessman is a sure thing, and it’s who I want to be next.”
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