Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone will not play the role of spoiler when LA Tenorio makes his much-anticipated return to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
“We now have no restrictions for him. We’re going to throw him out there and let him dictate how much time he gets,” he told the Inquirer on Friday, shortly after Tenorio shared on Instagram his joy at playing his first PBA game at cause of a sports hernia. and a fight against colon cancer.
Tenorio will suit up for the reigning PBA Commissioner’s Cup champion Gin Kings after facing the Terrafirma Dyip 2-3 on Sunday at the refreshed PhilSports Arena in Pasig Metropolis, an ideal venue for, arguably, the strongest player in the league .
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An eight-time PBA champion with four invaluable Finals Most Valuable Player trophies in his collection, Tenorio set the PBA record for many games played consecutively at 744 games to earn the nickname “Ironman”.
He last played on February 19 against Blackwater, in a 119-93 victory in the same venue where he is preparing to make his return.
“Actually, I’m grateful to have an additional alternative to play the sport I love,” Tenorio wrote on Instagram. “Since my diagnosis, I have raised everything to God, realizing that life is better than basketball and sports.
“I have been searching for a better purpose and since then I have been striving to consciously live a life of positivity, appreciation, contentment, humility and religion. I have been in remission for over two months now, and with God’s healing grace, my body has undergone surgery and cancer treatment with no negative results.
Cone mentioned that Tenorio had proven he was more than ready for a comeback. And more than his ward’s floater and sneaky passes, Ginebra’s mentor is excited to see his game management in action again.
“He is fit and able to go. He has been training with us for a month. We look forward to regaining his leadership on the field,” he said.