Gerald Anderson on MPBL stint: ‘Mas pangarap ko ‘to kaysa mag-artista’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 12, 2018 11:17 PM
Gerald on MPBL: ‘Mas pangarap ko ‘to kaysa mag-artista’
Marikina head coach Elvis Tolentino (left) expects big things from their Filipino-foreigner player Gerald Anderson (right)

Gerald Anderson was alongside ABL champion and UAAP MVP Ray Parks Jr. as one of the faces of the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Datu Cup.

Come opening day on Tuesday at the Araneta Colseum, however, unfortunately, the Kapamilya star was unable to make his long-awaited debut.

Anderson stood from the sidelines in street clothes as the rest of the Marikina Shoemakers downed the General Santos Warriors, 88-81.

Asked why he wasn’t suited up post-game, he answered, “Yung usual injury ng player. Nagkataon lang na nangyari sa akin week before (first game ng MPBL).”

As it turns out, the Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin star suffered a hamstring injury not even a week before the MPBL’s opening day. “Sinubukan ko gawin lahat. Medyo malungkot at broken-hearted nga ako kanina,” he shared.

He then continued, “Matagal ko ‘to inabangan, but ganun talaga.”

And so, Anderson will have to wait nine more days to finally get to play in the semi-pro league.

From now until then, Marikina will do nothing but look for big things from their Filipino-foreigner. As head coach Elvis Tolentino put it, “Aside kay Yves [Sazon], kay Gerald, malaki expectations ko.”

The good news for the Shoemakers is that Anderson is only ready and raring to return their trust in him – especially as it is his dream to play with them. “Kung mataas expectation niya sakin, lalo na ako kaya nga kung walang taping, may (training) session ako sa bahay,” he said.

He then continued, “Iba na ‘to e. ‘Di ‘to basta-bastang liga. Mas pangarap ko nga to kesa mag-artista e.”

Hopefully, his dream finally turns into reality when Marikina takes on Muntinlupa in Laguna on June 21.

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