ALVIN Patrimonio isn’t taking things sitting down in Sunday’s ‘Return of Rivals’ beneficiary games.
If one happens to notice the Magnolia team manager has been looking a bit trim to these days, it’s because he’s been trying to lose weight for the reunion outing pitting good, old rivals Purefoods and Ginebra, along with San Miguel and Alaska at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Patrimonio has cut back on his food intake and is frequenting the gyms of late in a bid to reach his exact playing weight by the time he retired in 2004.
Can he do it?
“Ewan ko lang kung aabot pa,” said a laughing Patrimonio just days before revival game put up by the Dating Propesyonal na Basketbolista ng Pilipinas Foundation Inc. in partnership with UNTV.
“Nag-focus ako sa diet kasi gusto ko yung playing weight ko noong nag-retire ako,” added the four-time league MVP, now 52 years old.
The cage great tries to keep himself in shape by joining his former PBA colleagues during the Legends Tour.
“May mga Legends games din naman kaya may kaunting practice din kahit paano,” he said.
At the same time, Patrimonio disclosed he’s trying to watch old film clips and videos of his playing days when he was considered the main man of Purefoods and one of the top players in the PBA.
Don’t expect to see his patented pivot move, though.
“Ang dami ng masakit, baka makalas,” he said with a chuckle.
“Mahirap na yung mga moves ko dati,” admitted Patrimonio. “But I’ll try na mabalik kahit kaunti yung mga moves natin.”
Joining Patrimonio at Purefoods is long-time frontcourt partner Jerry Codinera, Dindo Pumaren, Glen Capacio, Joey Sta. Maria, Bong Ravena, Ronnie Magsanoc, and Paul Artadi.