Tony dela Cruz joins Hontiveros in retirement
Paul Lintag on Sep 20, 2017 10:26 PM
"Super honored to retire with Alaska." --- Tony dela Cruz after almost 18 years in the PBA.
ANTIPOLO --- Dondon Hontiveros wasn't the only one who retired from basketball after Wednesday at the Ynares Center here.
Following Alaska's season-finale to Rain or Shine, which happened to be a 30-point loss, Tony dela Cruz is also calling it quits after almost 18 years in the league. He finished with 12 points as a starter for his final outing.
One of the steadiest forwards in the PBA, dela Cruz played for Alaska since 2005 after his first stint in the league as a member of the now-defunct Shell franchise.
TLDC won three PBA titles with Alaska and was a 4-time All-Star. He also served the Philippine team during his lengthy career.
"I'm super proud of the career I had, obviously I didn't have the accolades, the trophies, the championships that I wish I had but I got to meet some really great people," dela Cruz said.
"Played against awesome opponents, imports, played for great coaches and played in the best league in Asia. Super honored to retire with Alaska," he added.
Despite retiring, dela Cruz says that he'd still like to stay around the game of basketball in any way he can.
One of his goals is to one day maybe coach in the PBA.
"Opportunities in terms of speaking, talking about leadership and communication and then I really want to get into commentating so hopefully you’ll see me more in the games," he said.
"I wanna be around the game, hopefully I can coach where I can learn, then hopefully be a head coach in the PBA but obviously I have a lot to learn. Just super super lucky and blessed to be part of two great organizations in Alaska and Shell," dela Cruz added.
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