IN his return stint to Team Pilipinas, LA Tenorio got a sound advice from no less than one of the greatest backcourt players the Philippines ever had.
The Barangay Ginebra playmaker received words of encouragement from basketball’s ‘Living Legend’ Robert Jaworski Sr. days before the national team plays Kazakhstan in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup qualifiers at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Jaworski some private conversations with Tenorio during the send-off for the national team at the Meralco gym, where former cage greats and Olympian, including the Big J, were on hand.
The message of the legendary Ginebra playing-coach was simple and clear, according to Tenorio.
“Point guard siya e, kaya alam niya ang kailangan ng team is a point guard para maging maayos yung team inside the court. So ang sinasabi niya sa iyo mag-i-start yan,” said the 34-year-old Tenorio.
“If you’re confident, the whole team will be confident. If you’re aggressive, the whole team will be aggressive,” he added. “Just be confident and make sure you’re not playing for yourself but you’re playing for the country.”
Of course, when the Big J talks, everybody listens.
“Even sa Ginebra kapag nagsasalita yan sa dugout, lahat kami nakatutok sa kanya, because he knows what he’s talking about.”
And it’s definitely words which Tenorio would cherish especially as he makes a comeback with the national team at this stage of his career.
“It’s an honor and a privilege,” said the Barangay Ginebra guard, who was with the national team the last time during the 2016 FIBA Olympic qualifier.