AFTER playing overseas for two years, former Adamson guard Jerick Canada is back in the country to play for Jumbo Plastic Linoleum in the PBA D-League.
The 26-year-old Canada said he is eager to be back at home again after a stint with Indonesia in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) and fresh off an ACL injury.
“Na-injured kasi ako, matagal akong hindi nakalaro tapos hindi agad nalaman na ACL,” said Canada in an interview with Spin.ph after a recent tune-up game and workout at the Headstart Sports Academy-SGS gym in Quezon City.
The ex-Adamson Falcons point guard suffered the injury while playing for the Warriors under American coach Todd Purves, during Game Two of the ABL Finals against the San Miguel Beermen.
“Na-cleared lang ako nung January. Marami pa ring kumukuha sa akin pero I decided to play sa Jumbo,” Canada added.
One of the Filipino players who had the longest tenure in the ABL, Canada decided to return following the uncertainty of whether the 2014 season of the regional league will push through with the possible absence of a team from the Philippines.
“As of now wala pa silang contact sa akin (Indonesia) pero kapag natuloy daw ang ABL, gusto pa raw nila akong kunin,” said Canada, who decided to play for the Warriors after his D-League stint with Adamson-Freego in 2012.
Nevertheless, Canada said he is grateful for the experience of playing with the Warriors for two seasons.
“’Yung experience, iba talaga tapos malalaki pa ang mga import. Sobrang laki ng tulong para sa akin ‘yun," he said.
“Sa ABL kasi, anytime puwede ka nilang i-pull-out. Awa naman ng Diyos, okay naman ang naging performance ko. Two years din ako naglaro doon.”
The former Adamson star hopes to help Jumbo Plastic match or even improve its third place finish in the D-League Aspirants Cup after being eliminated by sixth seed Blackwater Sports in the quarterfinals.
“Kumpleto kami sa weapons. Kumpiyansa lang sa isa’t isa pa siguro ang kailangan kasi okay naman lahat, big man, wingman. Kailangan namin ng kumpiyansa kasi mabilis lang ‘yung D-League,” said Canada.
He is also looking forward to the chance of playing in the PBA.
“As of now wala pa naman akong offer kasi siguro hindi pa uli nila ako nakikita maglaro,” said Canada.