JR Quinahan is itching to get back into game shape, but there is still some apprehension as the Rain or Shine big man fears the possibly of getting injured again.
Quinahan, part of the Elasto Painters’ “Extra Rice Inc.”, explained that he felt very uncomfortable when he resumed his personal workout after undergoing surgery on his right knee in March.
“Puro workout pa lang, then after last week ng July, start na ako tumakbo, medyo okay na, palalakasin na lang, kasi medyo weak pa. Parang naiilang lang kasi matagal din ako nawala, parang baka bumigay,” Quinahan told Spin.ph.
The 6-foot-5 Quinahan was limited to just 24 games last season, missing all of the Commissioner’s Cup and the Governors Cup due to a complicated meniscus tear on his right knee.
Still, the Elasto Painters managed to post an aggregate 37-24 win-loss ledge last season that included a pair of runner-up finishes and third place in the Commissioner’s Cup.
The former University of Visayas standout managed to play in the Philippine Cup last season, where Rain or Shine finished second behind San Mig Super Coffee.
The rugged 30-year-old Cebuano big man is taking it slow, but is confident Rain or Shine’s series of tune-up matches can help him get back in game shape with three more weeks to go before the opening of the PBA’s 40th season.
“Dahandahan lang muna sa tuneup, parang nangangapa pa kasi, kaya medyo naninibago pa ako, minsan di pa nakakasabay eh,” he said.
“Pero sa October 19, kaya na ito, 100 percent (game shape) na kasi may mga trainer naman kami.”
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said the return of Quinahan can help address the team’s need for additional size, something they lacked during the last two conferences this past season.