Vincent Rivaldi Kosasih was one of Indonesia’s representatives in 3on3 basketball at the recent Asian Games 2018, and he recently found the time to sit down with us to share his intense training regime as well as his personal thoughts on being a basketball player. At a height of 205cm, we sure look up to him a lot…
Where do you come from?
I come from Surabaya, and I spent my high school in Cita Hati.
What’s your height right now?
You’re almost as tall as Yao Ming!
Not really: he is 229cm [laughs]. He was actually among the spectators at the Asian Games.
What are the benefits from being tall?
Well, I am closer to the ring [laughs]. In the past, many people made fun of me due to my height, but now I am actually grateful for it. I think about it this way: I’ve been tall and short before, whereas those who make fun of me have never been tall before [laughs]. Another benefit to being tall is that it’s easier for people to find you, and it’s easier for me to find people, too.
By the way, you have a unique hairstyle!
Yes, I’m inspired by Jeremy Lin. I also just want to be different to the other players. Another fun fact is that I used to have red hair when I was 14.
How serious are you about basketball?
Now I’m very serious, but at the same time, I realise that I can’t rely on this to get me by in the future. I will probably do this until I’m 26 years old because it’s hard to start working when you are 27 or 28 years old.
What are some of the challenges you face right now?
Well, I have to go back and forth to China because I just finished my bachelor’s degree. I’m also going back there to study for a master’s degree in international business, so it’s quite hard for me to completely focus on playing basketball.
What are the biggest lessons that you want other basketball players to know about?
I realise that basketball is temporary and that many young players will rise up above you, so always have a plan to pursue something else when the time comes.
What do you think about being a basketball coach?
No, I don’t want to be a coach because I know for sure it’s not my passion. I tried that before in China when I was asked to train little kids, but I realised I’m not meant for it as I can’t shout at people [laughs].
Can you tell us about your training schedule for the Asian Games?
We trained every day except Sunday. We trained two times each day except Wednesday, when we only trained once in the morning after a gym session. Usually, we started training at 8am in the morning for two hours. Then in the afternoon, we would start training again at 4pm for two hours.
So does that mean you have one cheat day per week?
Cheat day doesn’t work for me because whatever I put in my body will be burned up anyway due to my intense training [laughs].
Tell us more about your diet.
I don’t really have a special diet, but when I eat rice, I eat a lot because I need plenty of carbs for my training. I always eat eggs regularly as well. I always consume two eggs at the same time. Meat is also something that I always have in every meal.
What moments have made you feel proud as an athlete?
I think I’m most proud of the moment when I won my first silver medal as it my national team debut. And another thing is that I get to play with Mario Wuysang, who is a legendary basketball player in Indonesia and someone I truly respect.
What about role models from outside Indonesia?
Dirk Nowitzki, a German basketball player with the Dallas Mavericks.
What made you fall in love with basketball?
I was inspired by my parents. Both my mum and dad are national basketball players, and both of them went to the SEA Games in the 90s.
What’s the best advice from your parents?
My mother always told me that I should treat every competition as a jumping stone for me to keep moving up.
What’s your biggest fear?
Getting injured. Once you get a significant injury, especially in the knee area, you will definitely be traumatised, as I have seen among some of my friends. I haven’t experienced it yet but hearing from my friends who have gone through it really scares me.
Now that you have plenty of free time after the Asian Games, what will you do to relax?
I will stay in my room, play games, play guitar, sing, or hang out with my friends. For now, I really want to keep off basketball for a while, because I’ve been holding onto it too much these past few months [laughs]. Oftentimes, me and Rivaldo [another national basketball player] will go to Union at Plaza Senayan to just chill and eat red velvet cake
What are you most grateful for right now?
I’m just grateful to be blessed with this talent so that at least when I die, I leave a legacy. I’m always grateful for my body posture and I tell myself that before I stop playing basketball, I want to be known as the best basketball player in Indonesia.