MONTHS since a self-imposed silence with the media and on social network sites, Ginebra star Mark Caguioa broke his silence by way of a series of Twitter posts, saying the team's woeful PBA Commissioner's Cup performance has a lot to do with the effort they put on the court - or the lack of it.
"Basketball is nt jst abt scoring its abt the effort u put in the game. If people see the effort u put in then people will start respecting u," Caguioa wrote on his official Twitter account @officialMC47 on Thursday.
The 33-year-old longtime Ginebra star has been playing his guts out since the start of the tournament, averaging 10.3 points and a career-best 6.8 rebounds during the team's 2-4 conference start.
The 6'0" one-time PBA MVP has even registered back-to-back double-double numbers in the team's 113-107 win over Globalport and 87-94 loss to Talk 'N Text, just to show that he has got back into shape after various injuries hampered his game in recent months.
However, those strong performances have not translated to victories as Ginebra continues to struggle amid mounting frustration of fan groups which on Thursday warned that they are thinking of boycotting the team's games to express their displeasure.
It turned out fans are not the only one frustrated by Ginebra's performances.
"Sa laro.Gusto ko rin makita na sana yung nakikipag laban sa bangaan hindi yung lagi kami tinitulak or binabanga #LETSWAKEUPGINEBRA," added Caguioa in expressing his displeasure over the way the Gin KIngs have been pushed around by their opponents despite their obvious size advantage due to the presence of "Twin Towers" Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.
The three-time PBA Best Player of the Conference awardee believed if the Ginebra players could only bring the effort they show in practice to actual games, the Gin Kings would be a back as a force to be reckoned with in the mid-season conference.
"If this team play the way we practice we would be unstoppable. Kaso pag meron ng camera wala na parang pa pogian lang. Walang gigil at galit," he said.
The Gin Kings are in danger of missing the playoffs after currently being mired at eighth to ninth spots with Barako Bull. They have three games left in their schedule in the elims beginning with a game against the Meralco Bolts on Wednesday.