JAYSON Castro said he is pain-free following a procedure to remove bone spurs in his right foot.
Castro said he felt great physically in his first game back from the surgery as he finished with 13 points and five assists in a 116-103 loss to Magnolia last Friday.
“Sarap uli mag-basketball,” said the 32-year-old Castro, who missed three games due to the procedure. “Medyo nandoon na pero next game, sana makapag-perform pa ng maganda.”
“Wala na, as in totally, wala na siyang pain. May mga moves ako na tinry ko na hindi naman siya sumakit,” he added.
In his first game back though, TNT lost to see its record drop to 4-6, making its last game of the elimination round against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday a crucial one. The KaTropa are currently in a tie for eighth place with Meralco in the standings.
“Lahat na, na-outhustle, na-outrebound. At the same time, ‘yung outside shots nila, maganda, kami hindi kami maka-shoot. Na-disrupt nila ‘yung offense namin. Bawi kami sa next game para makapasok sa playoffs,” said Castro.
Castro said the Ginebra game will definitely be a test to the character of the team that underwent a coaching change when TNT hired Bong Ravena as head coach.
“May chance pa naman. ‘Yun nga lang kalaban namin Ginebra. It’s a challenge sa team namin kung paano kami mag-bounce back sa loss especially na tambak pa. Lahat naman, positive pa naman kami na kaya naming manalo. Hopefully, manalo kami,” said Castro.
“Lahat naman nag-aadjust pa,” said Castro of the TNT squad that also acquired Mark Dickel as consultant. “Pero I think nandoon kami sa magandang track. This conference naman, eto ‘yung test sa amin at the same time, para maging familiar din kami sa system,” said Castro.