A RECENT bout with food poisoning won’t keep import Michael Dunigan from suiting up for Ginebra when it plays Barako Bull on Sunday in a PBA Commissioner’s Cup road game in Binan, Laguna.
Dunigan, a sought-after import who played for Air21 last season, skipped practice for two days before joining the Kings on Saturday in limited half-court sets to slowly get back in the scheme of things.
“I guess you could say the first day was probably the worst. I spent the day at the clinic and had IVs (intravenous fluids), then, yesterday (Friday), I just attended the practice just to see if there’s any adjustment to the play.
"Then today, I’m actually on the court to get a little bit involved on our new offense and how it’s supposed to be ran,” Dunigan told Spin.ph shortly after the Kings’ two-and-a-half-hour practice at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.
Although he’s not yet 100 percent physically, the 6-foot-8 import vowed to come out and play as hard as he can whatever minutes he’ll be given by coach Ato Agustin to help the team notch a first win in the tournament.
“I felt okay, but overall, I’m still not 100 percent. But it’s not gonna stop me from playing of course,” he said.
“I have to play. I’m here to compete and still play though I got sick. I just gonna do what I can for the limited time I can, take a break, then go back and try to do it again.”
For the duration of his stay in Manila, Dunigan also vowed not to eat sushi again, less he get knocked down again by food poisoning.
The 25-year-old Dunigan said the team has been doing well in practice since Ginebra opened the season with a disappointing 85-74 loss to a shorter Meralco side last Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Dunigan was limited to just 10 attempts, finishing with 17 points and 14 rebounds as he was completely outplayed by Meralco’s energetic import Joshua Davis, who came away with 25 points and 24 rebounds.
Displeased by their performance, Dunigan said the Kings are ready to bounce back after making some adjustments heading to their 5:15 p.m. match against the Energy.
“They (Ginebra locals) picked up their intensity defensively, which has been okay. Offensively, it’s always been the same, we just have to get the ball inside, which we’ve been doing, and the guards are understanding the whole thing,” he added.