In LA Tenorio, Letran Knights now have a 'Tinyente' in their ranks

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 28, 2019 07:17 PM
In LA Tenorio, Knights now have a 'Tinyente' in their ranks
LA Tenorio will still be Ginebra's lead guard all while he serves as Letran's assistant coach

LA Tenorio is still up there as one of the best point guards in all of the Philippines.

Still, the Ginebra court general is already mulling over his next step – and that may very well be a coaching career.

Tenorio made his debut as a coach just as Petron-Letran played its first game in the 2019 PBA D-League on Thursday in Pasig’s Ynares Arena.

Yes, “Tinyente” Tenorio sat on the bench, helping head coach Bonnie Tan call the shots in their matchup opposite Che’Lu.

And yes, he was there with the Knights – not his alma mater San Beda or Ateneo.

For the now 34-year-old, this was just the natural progression for him. “’Di naman weird. Okay naman kasi nagtuturo na naman ako ng mga bata ng four years,” he told reporters post-game, referring to the grassroots basketball program he put up.

He then continued, “It’s a different feeling lang kasi matanda yung tinuturuan ko and they’re aspiring to be professional basketball players.”

Now his first game as coach is over and done with, Tenorio can only feel good about his decision. “It’s fun and exciting na magturo ng college players kasi nakikinig talaga sila. Kaya ako nandito is to hopefully matulungan sila to improve,” he said.

Don’t make the mistake, however, that the 13-year veteran is already hanging up his cleats. ”Maraming nagtatanong kung magre-retire na, ‘di naman. Nadagdagan lang ng trabaho,” he shared through chuckles.

He then continued, “Again, yung priority ko pa rin is with Ginebra.”

Yes, Tenorio will remain a Gin King for the foreseeable future.

At the same time, he will keep helping Letran all the way to the looming NCAA 95. “Minsan-minsan pa lang ako nakakapunta ng practice (ng Letran) kasi almost the same time ng practice (ng Ginebra). Kaya when I’m in practice, I make sure na maraming natututunan yung mga bata kasi sayang naman,” he said.

And as for the fact that he’s with the blue and red, the archrival of his high school team and also a fierce foe of his college squad, the four-time champion had this to say, “Ganyan talaga sa basketball. Bilog naman ang mundo.”

He then continued, “’Di natin alam, maybe in years, mapunta dun, but as of now, ito yung gagawin ko.”

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