LARRY Fonacier has already moved on following his decision to beg off from joining Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba-World Cup in Spain.
But given an opportunity to play for the national team again under coach Chot Reyes, the 32-year-old Talk `N Text gunner said he’s more than willing to do it again, so long as his health allows it.
“I’m not closing the door if ever Coach Chot needs me. Of course, as long as my body could be of service,” said Fonacier, one of team’s reliable outside shooters during its surprising runner-up finish in last year’s Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship that earned the country its first world championship ticket in 35 years.
A catalogue of foot and back injuries forced Fonacier to give up his slot in the national team just as Gilas was about to leave for Miami to begin its buildup for the World Cup of basketball.
It was not an easy decision to make for the shooting forward out of Ateneo, but he nonetheless accepted the fate that befell him.
“Siyempre, mabigat. I was looking forward to it since last year,” he admitted to Spin.ph. “But things like this happen. You just have to move on and understand the meaning of it.”
At the moment, Fonacier undergoes rehabilitation every day at the Moro Lorenzon gym, although the injury according to him, is 'getting better.’
One of the lasting images of the 2013 Fiba-Asia championships in Manila was of Fonacier down on one knee and both arms raised as Gilas celebrated the epic semifinal victory over South Korea.
Left at home this time, Fonacier said he’ll nonetheless cheer and support his Gilas teammates in any way he can.
“Yes, I will watch every game and support them any way I can,” said Fonacier.