The official return of Captain Hook is here
Paul Lintag on Sep 03, 2017 07:54 PM
Mac Cardona is back, hopefully, we see the "Anong height mo?!" celebration soon enough as well.
Jeron Teng was right, Mac Cardona was on his way back to the PBA.
For the first time since the unfortunate incident that almost took his life last year, Captain Hook is back in the Association, making his debut this season for the Globalport Batang Pier Sunday in the 2017 Governors' Cup.
Signed by the Batang Pier, Cardona played eight minutes for the PBA's lone neon green team, scoring eight points on 2-of-4 shooting from the field.
"Sobrang happy ko na nakapaglaro ulit ako ng basketball. Di ko inexpect na makakapaglaro ako sa PBA since nung nangyari sakin last year," Cardona said.
"Di ko alam na may kukuha pa sakin, kaya thankful ako kay Coach Franz, kay boss Mikee Romero, kay Erick Arejola na binigyan nila ako ng pagkakataon para mapakita ko na kaya ko pa maglaro," he added.
Actually, Captain Hook's official return to the court happened in the PBA D-League when he suited up for Zark's in the Foundation Cup.
While the team went nowhere, that stint proved that Cardona can still play. When the PBA once again came knocking through the Batang Pier, the former La Salle star did the work and proved that he still deserves a roster spot in the big league.
"Parang it's a sign na parang nung may tumawag sakin sa D-League na kung pwede maglaro ako, sabi ko baka ito na yung sign ni Lord na bumalik ako sa basketball," he said.
While Globalport lost and Cardona only played limited minutes, it was still a moment to remember for the beloved Captain Hook.
"Kinikilabutan nga ako ngayon na parang feeling ko nasa UAAP ako. Nung nawala ako ng isang taon, nakapagpahinga ako, tapos pagkabalik kp, na-excite ulit ako maglaro," he said.
"Di ko mga alam ano itsura ko sa court, basta happy lang ako na nasa PBA ulit ako, nakita ko ulit yung mga tao na masaya sila na naglalaro ako. Nagpapasalamat ako sa support nila. Kung di dahil sa kanila, wala yung drive ko bumalik," the former one-time Finals MVP added.
Regarding his past demons that almost ended his life, Cardona is happy to say that he's moved on from all of those and is doing quite well nowadays.
[Related: The rise and fall (and rise) of Captain Hook]
"Kung ano man nangyari sakin in the past, alam ko may pagkakamali ako dun, for me move on na lang kasi wala na ko magagawa," he said.
"Naka-move on na ako sa lahat. Moving forward. Nagdadasal na lang ako, nagsisimba," Cardona added.
Welcome back, Captain Hook. We sure missed you.
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