PBA: Tenorio relishes Iron Man title: “It’s a great achievement”

Paul Lintag on Mar 10, 2019 10:42 PM
Tenorio relishes Iron Man title: “It’s a great achievement”
As of March 10, 2019, Tenorio has suited up for 596 straight games spread across three teams.

With Sunday’s game against Phoenix in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, Ginebra’s LA Tenorio has tied Purefoods legend Alvin Patrimonio for the most conseuctive games played in league history.

As of March 10, 2019, Tenorio has suited up for 596 straight games spread across three teams.

Next week, he has the chance to claim the title as the PBA’s one and only Iron Man.

“It’s a great achievement not only as a basketball player but also as an athlete,” Tenorio said on his current streak.

“Para sakin, malakaming achievement to kasi lahat ng pinaghirapan ko throughout my career not only in the PBA, but also in high school and college, pinaghandaan ko para maging professional athlete. All the hard work, the discipline, all the sacrifices nagbubunga,” he added.

In his record-tying game, gave a worthy performance, firing 23 points on top of eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals to lead Ginebra to a big win.

As history beckons, LA himself can’t seem to explain his incredible longevity but says it’s just about knowing your own body and reacting accordingly.

“I'm not saying lahat ng ginagawa ko is perfect. Gumigimik din naman ako, lumalabas din naman ako, meron din akong happening di ba. Normal na tao rin but again, it's how you manage your body,” Tenorio said.

“Hopefully 'yung legacy na maiiwan ko dito sa basketball or dito sa PBA or dito sa profession natin is maging inspirasyon, especially sa aspiring basketball players, na para makarating sa ganitong sitwasyon, it takes a lot of hard work, sacrifice and discipline,” he added.

Closing in on the Iron Man title, Tenorio now looks forward to play many more games.

After Iron Man, playing 600 games, and then 700, is the goal.

“Hopefully magdire-diretso hanggang 600, 700, sana diba,” Tenorio said.

“Para 700 game niyo ko makikita, manawa kayo sakin,” he added laughing.

 

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