LA Tenorio is elated to learn from the talent-rich 20-man Team Pilipinas pool and to national team head coach Yeng Guiao in his possible comeback in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Qualifiers fifth window.
It’s been more than two years since Tenorio donned the national colors and in his comeback, he is looking forward to mix up with the stacked men’s national basketball pool that's bracing for two crucial home matches against Kazakhstan on November 30 and Iran on December 3 both at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“Very excited, looking forward sa everyday practice,” said the Barangay Ginebra star, who finally joined the team practice on Sunday at the Meralco Gym. “With all the talents that we have in this team, I’m really looking forward to play with them, to learn from them.”
But what makes the 34-year-old point guard more excited is the mentorship of Guiao.
“Of course, kay coach Yeng very thankful na binigyan niya ako ng opportunity to be here at least to be coached by him,” Tenorio said.
“I’m very excited kasi this is my first time to play under coach Yeng,” he added. “I heard a lot of good things sa mga former players tsaka sa mga players ni coach Yeng. So ngayon makikita ko na with my eyes ‘yung mga sinasabi sa akin.”
The preparation of national pool is now going full blast having twice-a-day daily trainings and a pair of tune-up matches, the first a 98-92 loss to Jordan on Monday and Wednesday and against Lebanon on Nov. 23 and 25 before Guiao and his coaching staff decide on the final cut for the fifth window.
And the veteran playmaker is just grateful to be part of the team and share his knowledge and learn as well from his teammates.
“(I’m just) really excited, looking forward to be here, to practice with the best players in the PBA,” Tenorio said.