GLOBALPORT veteran forward Eric Menk admitted seeing the Batang Pier suffer three lopsided losses to start their PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign has been too painful for him to watch.
Worse, he said, is the feeling of helplessness as the player known in the league as 'Major Pain' has been grounded for almost a month now since hurting his hamstring in practice.
“It’s (the feeling) never good, especially since I wanna always be able to help he team,” the three-time Finals MVP and former league MVP shared to Spin.ph on Friday.
With Menk and fellow veteran Rico Villanueva sidelined by injuries, a rookie-laden GlobalPort side has lost its first three games under new coach Pido Jarencio by an average margin of 12 points.
However, Menk said the losses are part of the 'learning curve' they need to go through as Mikee Romero's team aspires to become a force to be reckoned with in its second season in the league.
“Sometimes, learning is painful. No one likes to lose. We’re a little disappointed for sure but we’re doing okay. I think we’ll be ready to play tomorrow (Saturday),” the 6-5 Fil-Am forward said.
Menk now hopes the turnaround begins in GlobalPort's next game against Meralco on Saturday.
However, the former Ginebra star still won't be on the court to give the Batang Pier much-needed veteran presence, targeting instead a March 24 return in a game against San Miguel Beer.
“I’ll still be out but I’m doing better with my hamstring. This is just the first week that I started doing strengthening,” said the 39-year-old veteran.
Until that time comes, Menk said he will try to provide locker room leadership to a young team that has four rookies in the regular roster as well as three new acquisitions led by veteran point guard Alex Cabagnot.