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    Tenorio says retirement far from his mind, hopes to play at least three more years

    Jul 26, 2020

    DON'T talk to LA Tenorio about retirement just yet.

    The 36-year-old Ginebra court general believes that he remains at the top of his game even as he dabbles in coaching in the amateur ranks.

    "Hindi ko pa naiiisip yung future sa coaching. Nakikita ko ang sarili ko na mag-coach pero hindi ko pa fino-focus yun," he told 2OT.

    Tenorio has been serving as an assistant coach to Bonnie Tan in Letran since last season, but as much as he already has an NCAA championship as a part of the coaching staff, his playing career remains his main focus.

    "Nagkaroon lang ng opportunity mag-coach sa Letran kasi San Miguel, Petron din ang sponsor. Nagkaroon ako ng opportunity knowing na makakatulong at makaka-inspire ako, especially sa aspiring players sa college," he said.

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    So far, it has been a great experience for Tenorio who wanted to give back and hone the next generation of players.

    The 5-foot-9 playmaker said he has also learned a lot in working with young talent.

    "Ang nangyari, ako ang maraming natututunan sa kanila. Marami akong naa-absorb sa kanila na mga bagong moves, mga techniques ng bata na kaya kong gayahin," he said.

    True enough, players which he handled in Letran's championship drive last NCAA Season 95 have already made it to the PBA, with Jerrick Balanza now his teammate with the Gin Kings.

    As he enters his 14th season in the PBA, Tenorio says he never stops trying to learn.

    "Ito na yung part ng career ko na marami pa kong gustong matutunan kasi alam ko pa sa sarili ko kung kaya ko pa o hindi," Tenorio said.

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    "(Sa tingin ko) kaya ko pa ng good three, four years siguro na sobrang effective at pwede pang tumulong, pero Diyos lang makakaalam nun. More on the physical side na ako eh, parang mind over body na ako kasi pag bata ka, ratrat ka lang at papakita mo yung kaya mo."

    Tenorio has had a respectable career of his own, winning five PBA championships, three Finals MVPs, a Best Player of the Conference award in the 2013 Commissioner's Cup, a pair of Mythical First Team selections, and the 2010 Most Improved Player plum.

    That's why individual accolades doesn't really bother him as much now, with his main focus geared towards helping Ginebra win as much titles as it can.

    "Siguro naman sa career ko ngayon, wala na akong kailangang i-prove. I just want to win a lot of championships now, not for me but for my teammates, lalo na sa mga teammates ko na di pa nakakaranas ng championship," he said.

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    "It's a good thing na nag-champion kami (this past 2019 Governors' Cup) for Stanley (Pringle). Sabi ko sa kanya, just play your game and we'll help you win the championship. Yun lang ang kundisyon ng utak ko ngayon."

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