AFTER leading Barangay Ginebra back to contention for a twice-to-beat spot in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs, LA Tenorio finally came out to address rumors that there's bad blood between him and longtime Gin Kings star Mark Caguioa.
Tenorio, who is playing in just his third season with Ginebra, laughed off rumors that he and Caguioa are no longer seeing eye to eye, which fans said is one of the reasons why the Gin Kings suddenly lost three straight games after a 5-1 (win-loss) start to the season.
Looking back, the Ginebra sentinel said the rumored rift may have something to do with his shouting match with Caguioa during one practice that happened in full view of some Ginebra fans at the Green Meadows gym in Quezon City.
“Natatawa nga kami diyan (rumored rift). Actually, di ko alam, baka na-misinterpret lang siguro nila (fans) nung magsigawan kami,” Tenorio said, moments after pouring in a conference-high 22 points in Ginebra’s 101-92 victory over Alaska on Tuesday night.
“But we have an understanding among the veterans that we just want to show to the young players na kaming mga veterans, kaya namin magsigawan sa practice, saka para makita nila na kahit kanino, puwede naming gawin 'yun kasi minsan, ang mga bata pag nasisigawan, medyo nagiging down sila,” he added.
Tenorio said whatever he and Caguioa may have said against each other during practice is a thing of the past, simply because they are all "competitors."
“Maybe na-misinterpret ng mga fans kasi sa Green Meadows maraming nakakita, pero may understanding kami ni Mark na kailangan ipakita sa mga bata,” said Tenorio, who, during one moment in the game on Tuesday night, even sprinted from the free-throw area to help up Caguioa.
“Saka matagal na 'yun. After nun wala na nga eh, wala naman talaga kaming problem, we’re good, 110 percent.”
Even Caguioa said he had no idea how the rumor started, saying Ginebra has been a tight-knit team under coach Jeffrey Cariaso despite the recent struggles.
“I don’t know where that was coming from, but if you guys are in practice, we’re always together,” said Caguioa, who has played for Ginebra in all his 13 seasons as a pro.
Caguioa, however, admitted that rumors like that usually come out when a team is struggling.
“I don’t know where it started, but if you’re losing, you don’t mind eh, talagang may ganung mangyayari,” he added. “There’s no team in the PBA or NBA, na pag natatalo, there’s always ganito or ganyan, but there’s nothing (going on).”