THE failed title bid added to the pain for the injured Jeff Chan, but he is aching to get back in harness quickly and help Rain or Shine get back on track.
Chan said ending up as runner-up for the fourth straight time in the finals is hard to accept, but as professional basketball players, they will have to learn to shrug off the pain and focus on the next tournament.
“Hopefully, huwag lang maging down kasi it’s hard. Alam mo naman, nandun na yung championship, sayang, pero sana, makalimutan na agad (loss to Talk ‘N Text in the Finals) kasi another story uli itong Governors Cup, bawi na lang kami,” said Chan, who played with a torn right plantar fascia during the Commissioner’s Cup Finals and is eager to get back and see action in the Governors’ Cup.
The left-handed Gilas mainstay is on vacation in Bacolod and will miss Rain or Shine’s first few games as he recovers from a plantar fascia tear but could be back in action as early as May 21 when Rain or Shine plays against GlobalPort followed by Barangay Ginebra the next day in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“Target namin ng paglaro ko sa Dubai na. Sana, pero depende din kasi sa healing kung gaano kabilis. Kaya waiting game. Hopefully, mas maaga,” he said.
“Pinakamatagal daw sabi doc is two months pero minimum two weeks (recovery period). Sana gumaling ng mas maaga.”
Chan averaged 9.6 points on 46 percent shooting from the three-point zone in the five games he played in the finals.