MANNY V. Pangilinan is glad Ali Peek retired as a Talk ‘N Text player as he broached the possibility that the burly big man still staying with the team in a different capacity.
The telecommunications magnate on Wednesday night thanked Peek for his contributions to the Tropang Texters in the final years of a long, accomplished career in the PBA.
“We wish him well,” said Pangilinan in a brief interview after NLEX wrapped up the D-League Aspirants Cup title, just hours after Peek announced his formal retirement on Twitter.
“I’m glad that he retired with Talk ‘N Text,” he added. "It’s sad pero ‘yung back pain ata niya, hindi maalis.”
Peek, who turned 39 last February 13, retired after 16 seasons in the pro league in a career that began with Pop Cola in 1998 when he was picked No. 3 overall by the RFM franchise in the Draft.
He also played for Alaska, Coca-Cola, and Sta. Lucia before finishing his career with Talk ‘N Text.
Despite his retirement, Pangilinan hinted Peek might stay on with the franchise.
“Hindi pa namin napag-uusapan. We will be meeting with the coaches to talk about it,” said the team owner.