ROMEL Adducul is listening to his body, and what it is telling him is this: There isn't a lot of mileage left in those 36-year-old legs.
The former poster boy of the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association and considered one of the most dominant big men to emerge over the last two decades, Global Port's veteran center said he is considering retirement once his current contract with the PBA newcomers expires at the end of the 2013 season.
“Masakit na ngayon katawan ko, lalo kung galing sa hard practice," Adducul told Spin.ph. "Marami-rami rin kasing taon na ako naglalaro ng basketball. Mula pa yung college saka pa yung national team, kaya naiisip ko na rin yung retirement. Suportado naman ako ng misis ko sa magiging desisyon ko.”
A long career that brought him countless championships and individual awards in the NCAA with the San Sebastian Stags, with the national team, in the MBA and later in the PBA as the No. 2 pick overall by Ginebra in the 2003 draft has taken a toll on his body, to the point where Adducul knows the end is near.
When that time comes, Adducul will be happy to go out on his own terms, not like in 2008 when his whole world was turned upside down after he was diagnosed with stage 3 nasopharynx cancer. He won that battle, with two years of treatment and chemotherapy leading to his recovery.
“Sobrang blessed ako kasi after nung cancer battle ko, nakabalik pa rin ako sa pagba-basketball,” said Adducul, who is married to the former Joselyn Cobankiat, a doctor.
However, the 6-5 slotman is also the first to admit that he is no longer the same player that he was before the cancer battle. “Ang challenge lang talaga, di na magsabay yung sinasabi ng mind ko sa katawan ko,” he said.
The pride of Cataggaman Viejo, Tuguegarao City said Batang Pier can expect his 100 percent effort in practice and in games this season as he vowed to go out on a high.
“Hard work pa rin naman. Di ako tumitigil sa pagpapakundisyon ko. God has blessed me with so much using basketball,” he added.
Should everything go as planned next year, Adducul wants to spend his first post-retirement years in a four-hectare land he owns in Nasugbu, Batangas which he wants to turn into a farm.
“Masarap mag-farming. Plano ko mag-tanim ng mga papaya saka ma-involve sa iba pang farming business kung matuloy na rin ang retirement,” said the former Stags star.