PBA: At 36 years old, KG Canaleta hopes Meralco to be last stop

Philip Matel on Jun 08, 2018 10:59 PM
PBA: At 36 years old, KG Canaleta hopes Meralco last stop
In his 11th stop, now with the Meralco Bolts, the 14-year veteran hopes that this would be the final move for him before hanging up his sneakers for good.

At 36 years old, KG Canaleta has earned every right to be named as the PBA's ultimate journeyman of this generation.

Ever since being drafted in 2005 by Air 21, he has changed teams ten times, including stops with the new iteration of the Express, whose history had come from the Shopinas.com Clickers.

In his 11th stop, now with the Meralco Bolts, the 14-year veteran hopes that this would be the final move for him before hanging up his sneakers for good.

With the two-time Governor's Cup finalists, Canaleta says that he has already felt home with the team, praising the organization for everything, from management, coaching staff, and the system.

"...[N]ung bago pa lang ako nung All-Filipino, na-feel ko na na kung baga parang at home na at home na ako. Kung baga yun maganda organization, maganda yung sistema. Ayun lang talaga kung baga sana ito na yung last stop ko na team bago ako matapos," Canaleta said after the game.

The former UE Red Warrior still proved that he still has it, scoring 30 points and hauling five rebounds in the Bolts' gritty 103-100 overtime win against the Phoenix Fuel Masters.

Canaleta even drew comparisons from Michael Jordan by two-time Best Import Arinze Onuaku, but not necessarily for the best reasons.

The forward chucked up 28 shots in the game, wherein he hit 12 of his attempts, good for a 42.9-percent shooting clip. Onuaku even joked that Canaleta attempted 35 shots, a usual number from one of the greatest of all time. 

"[Napagalitan ka ba?] Di naman. Ano nga tumatawa lang kami sa dugout kanina e. Karamihan naman shumo-shoot. Maganda naman yung percentage ko," Canaleta quipped while coach Norman Black at the same moment passed by and praised him.

"Ayun, sabi niya good job. 28 shots, good job (laughs)."

Even though he may not play 31 minutes every game, the experienced Canaleta will just be waiting from the bench, ready when his number should be called again by Black.

"Wala naging ready lang...ready as usual. Yun lang naman ang role ko dito, yun lang. Yun nga nagstruggle ng konti mga teammates, maganda yung bunot. And then yung depensa importante, maganda yung naging depensa namin."

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