LA Tenorio, the PBA's Ironman

Paul Lintag on Feb 22, 2017 07:12 PM
LA Tenorio, the PBA's Ironman
Through Game 7 of Manila Clasico, LA Tenorio has played 488 straight games in the PBA, missing a grand total of zero outings since being drafted in 2006.

A lot of people were upset with LA Tenorio when the Ginebra floor general cited fatigue and decided to skip a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas two years ago.

Well, those critics should have stopped and thought twice because Tenorio is not the kind of guy who would skip a game without a good enough reason.

You need proof? How about the fact that Tenorio has played 488 straight games (according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III) in the PBA up until Game 7 of the Manila Clasico semis.

That means the 32-year-old two-time champion and Finals MVP hasn't missed a game in the pros since he was drafted by San Miguel in 2006.

He's basically the PBA's Ironman.

With Ginebra back in the PBA Finals for the second straight conference, Tenorio wants to extend his personal record.

"Oo nga eh, knock on wood," LA said when reminded of his incredible feat. "Nakita ko nga rin yun, di ko alam paano ko ie-explain yun."

Once he got his thoughts wrapped around the topic though, Tenorio didn't beat around the bush in trying to make sense of his seemingly indestructible body.

"Iniisip ko kasi, talagang katawan ko puhunan ko. Minsan nga, ngayon may mga anak ako, minsan may time na hinahayaan ko lang sila di ko nalalaro para lang makapag-pahinga talaga," Tenorio said, opening up on some of his sacrifices as a father just to keep his batteries charged.

"I think it's my family's support din talaga, pag alam nilang crucial yung game, pinagbibigyan nila ako. They're really supportive, I think importante yun eh. That's part of pag-aalaga din sa katawan ko kasi lahat naman ng ginagawa namin para din sa pamilya," he added.

Another secret to LA's longevity is kind of an obvious one. In order to escape basketball harm, Tenorio simply turns to his faith.

"Malaking bagay talaga yun nakukuha sa dasal. Every game, every day, pinagdadasal ko na kahit anong mangyari manalo o matalo basta walang injury," he said.

Despite his enduring presence in the PBA, Tenorio reveals that he has done nothing special in his routine.

He does however, stick to what works in terms of his work ethic. And with over a decade of playing pro ball basically injury free, why bother changing it up now right?

"Medyo nag-konting diet pero still, workout pa rin. Di ko naman tinitigil yung workout ko talaga unless every other day yung game. Pero before kasi umabot sa ganito, may puhunan na ako, parang may pondo na ako from the offseason and during the season," he said.

"Nothing special naman talaga, normal tao naman ako," Tenorio added.

 

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