GARVO Lanete is itching to play in the PBA, but is not rushing it as he recovers from knee injury.
“Gustong-gusto ko na talaga maglaro,” Lanete said in a chat with Spin.ph on Monday after practice. “Pero hindi ko siya minamadali. Mas maganda yung one-hundred percent ka kaysa yung alanganin.”
“Kung baga mentally ready na, pero yung body mo hindi pa, so mahirap naman 'yun,” he added. “So mas maganda talaga yung one-hundred percent.”
The 26-year-old cager finally made the jump to the pros this year after a delay owing to injury concerns, going to the Road Warriors at sixth overall.
But Lanete has yet to join NLEX training after signing a three-year maximum rookie deal earlier this month as he recovers from a meniscus injury in his left knee suffered in February.
“Nakapag-antay naman ako ng matagal, so ano ba naman 'yung konting pag-antay pa?”
The 6-foot-2 gunner has been undergoing rehabilitation and therapy along with fellow injured guard Kevin Alas at Moro Lorenzo gym inside the Ateneo de Manila campus since the Road Warriors drafted him last month.
“Hindi biro yung rehab,” Lanete said, referring to a Monday-to-Friday schedule from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. “Hirap rin, sobra. Pero maganda kasi nakikita mo 'yung progress. Hindi naman ako nagrereklamo.”
Good thing he is two weeks ahead of schedule and two weeks away from participating in a competitive NLEX practice.
“Maganda yung progress, ahead sa timetable na binigay,” said Lanete, who has been cleared to take part in shooting drills.
The Ormoc, Leyte-born cager said he is also up to speed in terms of coach Boyet Fernandez’s system.
“Every day naman ako pumupunta sa practice, so nakikita ko yung mga plays at nakaka-bond ko yung players.”