AS Talk 'N Text got off to a fine start in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign, one member of the Texters' staff is hoping and praying their injury woes are behind them.
Talk 'N Text team therapist Dexter Aseron is happy to see the team back in top shape and playing with renewed vigor after enduring a hectic stretch where injuries and commitments simply wore the team down.
Aseron, in fact, explained that one of the reasons why the Tropang Texters failed in their bid to win an unprecedented fourth straight Philippine Cup championship was the fatigue factor.
“Masyado na rin kasing nabugbog yung mga players namin. Imagine mo ilang championships nilabanan natin, tapos three conferences per season. It’s like playing one whole year,” said Aseron.
As it is, Talk 'N Text is already one of the oldest teams in the league, with half of its 14-man roster above 30. The team also had also been through five championship runs over the past three seasons while its stars split time between the PBA and their commitments to Gilas Pilipinas.
Aseron admitted there was a stretch the staff had a hard time coping with the injury concerns.
“Oo, palitan ang injury namin 'nun,” he said. “Buti nga ngayon, awa ng Diyos walang masyadong kaso ng injury.”
Aseron bared that his only ‘patient’ right is veteran wingman Danny Seigle, who has been sidelined by a strained left quad muscle just as he was about to come back from a calf injury.
But other than that, Aseron is pleased to see the team in top shape.
“Oo, so far looking good ang team. Malaking bagay rin 'yung rest namin after we were eliminated from the last Philippine Cup,” said the youthful therapist.
Talk 'N Text star guard Jayson Castro is keeping his fingers crossed the team's run of injuries is over.
“This conference talagang mas maganda ngayon. Hindi kagaya ng dati na sobrang bilis. So Sana this time, mag-champion ulit kami,” said Castro.
Asked about their aging lineup, the former PCU Dolphin claimed the Texters still have what it takes to win.
“Sa tingin ko kaya pa naman naming manalo eh kahit na medyo may edad na yung team namin. Mahirap pero i-ta-try pa rin namin manalo,” he said. “Kasi parang mindset namin ‘known winners’ kami kaya alam namin ang gagawin para manalo.”
At the same time, Castro bared that one of the motivations of the team is the pain they felt watching Rain or Shine and San Mig face off in the Philippine Cup Finals.
“Masakit talaga (to watch the last finals). As defending champion, nakikita mo silang naglalaban … parang hindi ka sanay ng wala ka run,” said the 28-year-old playmaker from Pampanga.