A MONTH since surviving a suicide attempt and and more than two weeks after being discharged from the hospital, Mark Cardona is now aching to return to the court.
This has to wait, though.
Cardona’s agent, Danny Espiritu, admitted it will take some time before the PBA veteran can return to action after overdosing on sleeping pills last August 21 while battling 'personal problems.'
Espiritu said Cardona's team, NLEX, has no space yet for the former high-scoring La Salle guard who on September 17 was bumped off the Road Warriors' injured/reserve list by Jeckster Apinan.
“Syempre, galing pa siya sa problema. Hindi naman basta-basta makaka-balik 'yan na mag-ensayo ngayon, bukas lalaro na,” said Espiritu of his client.
Espiritu bared Cardona is now more positive about life.
“Siya na mismo nagsabi, gusto niyang bumalik at patunayan ulit ang kanyang sarili,” he said. “Gigil na gigil na nga raw siya ulit mag-ensayo. Gusto nyang maglaro ulit kasi gusto niyang ipakita na kaya nyang bumangon.”
Asked if there are already talks about possible contract extension with NLEX, Espiritu shook his head.
“Wala pa, siyempre, gusto pang makita ng NLEX kung okay na ba ang mindset nya, na hindi na ba babalik yung dati nyang mindset kapag naisip nya ulit yung problema nya,” said the veteran player agent.
“Gusto kasi ng NLEX, ayusin na muna niya problema niya, tutal hindi pa naman makaka-ensayo kasi naka-reserve nga siya,” he added.
Espiritu said he has no doubt that the Mandaluyong-born player is still capable of playing at a high level at 34.
“Ako, isa ako sa naniniwala na kayang bumalik ni Mac. Bata pa naman siya and besides, kung makabalik na siya sa ensayo at maipakita nya ang kanyang value, I am sure kahit ibang teams will notice him again,” he said.
“Kung ano man yung pinagdaanan niya, I told him, ‘It’s time to move on.’ And sa tingin ko, dun na nga siya papunta.”