BOCAUE – Euphoria will give way to temporary pain for Ginebra hero LA Tenorio as he is set to go under the knife after leading Ginebra to a title defense of the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Just a day after the Gin Kings closed out their finals rematch against Meralco with a 101-96 win in Game Seven, the Ginebra star playmaker is set to undergo elbow surgery, a procedure he delayed just to play in the title series.
“Actually, I still have to go to surgery tomorrow morning,” Tenorio addressed the crowd. “Nakita ko 'yung teammates ko nagsasakripisyo rin, nakita ko yung mga fans din nagsasakripisyo, hindi ko na naiisip yung sakit. Tulad ng sabi ko, bukas na lang kami magpapahinga.”
Tenorio indeed deserves to rest after emerging as the most consistent performer in the title series, averaging 13.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.3 steals to be named the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Finals MVP.
The 5-foot-8 court general saved his best offensive showing for last, tallying 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including five triples, four assists, one board, and one steal in nearly 42 minutes of play.
Apart from pain killers, the rush of playing on this biggest stage fueled the 33-year-old playmaker.
“Adrenaline talaga, every game,” Tenorio said. “Although I have painkillers, it's really adrenaline. Kasi medyo hindi na kaya. Adrenaline nalang talaga during games, after dun ko na nararamdaman.
And he’s set to undergo surgery at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
“So please pray for me na sana successful naman,” Tenorio said. “Hopefully di ba. I think it's a good time na rin kasi matagal pa yung next season. Right elbow, it's been bothering me for the past five years already. It started when I was at Alaska pero medyo nawawala-wala siya and then yun, nag-develop na ng spur, kasi pag tumatanda na talagang ganun.”
“Tsaka overused na yun, sobrang dami ko tinitira pag game eh,” he added with a chuckle.
And Tenorio sure has the license to shoot plenty more next season after leading his team this year.