PBA: The story of the last time Tenorio almost missed a game

Paul Lintag on Mar 11, 2019 01:50 PM
PBA: The story of the last time Tenorio almost missed a game
As soon as LA steps on the court for Manila Clasico next week, he officially takes over as the leagueís one and only Iron Man, his legacy of longevity sealed by not missing a single PBA game in 13 years.

LA Tenorio has played 596 straight PBA games spread across three teams.

That’s now tied for Purefoods legend Alvin Patrimonio for most consecutive games played in PBA history.

As soon as LA steps on the court for Manila Clasico next week, he officially takes over as the league’s one and only Iron Man, his legacy of longevity sealed by not missing a single PBA game in 13 years.

In fact, the last time Tenorio remembers missing a game was in 2002 when he failed to suit up for his Ateneo Blue Eagles team due to injury.

“The last time I remember na-namiss kong game is when I was in the UAAP 2002 when I got injured with a fractured hand,” LA said.

“I went back to the Final Four, twice to win kami against UE. That was the last time na naalala ko na nag-pahinga ako. Wala na akong naaalala. PBL, I played for Harbour (Centre), a lot of teams, I don't remember missing games. Sa national team, I don't remember missing practice or games except kung may guesting or something really important. Thank God. I always thank the Lord everyday, whatever happens, win or lose, as long as we're all safe, yung kalaban namin tsaka kami,” he added.

After injuring his hand in an Ateneo uniform some 17 years ago, Tenorio hasn’t missed a game since.

LA has stayed relatively healthy in the PBA as well but there have been close calss here and there that would have ruined his streak.

The closest was not even injury related.

“The closest is really nung pinapanganak yung pangalawa kong anak. Cuneta [Astrodome] yung game na yun. Nanganak yung wife ko, good thing its in Makati Med so on the way,” Tenorio said.

“I think ako na yung nag-desisyon hindi na yung wife ko na i-ceasarian naman eh. So pabiyak na natin na 2 o’clock yan para humabol ako. Natapos siya ng 3, hinatid ko lang. I checked my son, hinatid ko sa nursery room. Then di ko na ata na-check yung wife ko dun sa recovery room, tumakbo na ako sa game eh,” he added laughing.

LA remembers playing against his former team Alaska in that particular game. His son as well grew up to be just fine. In fact, after winning his first title for Ginebra in 2016, he welcomed a third son to the world.

So, win-win for everyone. Well except the Aces on that particular night at Cuneta.

“Yun yung closest [to missing a game]. Late ako sa call time ng mga 30 minutes, but I still played in Cuneta and won the game. Alaska kalaban namin,” Tenorio said.

 

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