BELIEVE it or not, but in the 38 years of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) no player from De La Salle or Ateneo has won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) plum.
And that’s one added incentive if and when Barangay Ginebra’s LA Tenorio gets to win the league’s highest individual award on Friday.
“Kung makukuha ko yun, sobrang proud siguro ako. Kasi galing ako sa Ateneo tapos nag-MVP ako,” Tenorio said.
“Sobrang dagdag pogi points sa Ateneo yun. Tiyak ko added prestige `yun para sa amin sa rivalry,” he said with a big laugh.
The cat-quick guard is currently engaged in a tight race with fellow Best Player of the Conference awardees Jayson Castro of Talk `N Text and Arwind Santos of Petron for the season’s MVP plum.
“Wow, magandang anggulo yun ah,” he said when informed of the situation.
“Sayang kung naisip ko agad yun, mas magandang motivation. Kaso no chance na eh. Na-i-tally na ang stats tapos boboto na ang media at players,” said Tenorio in a personal chat with Spin.ph.
“Pero sana… sana… maganda yun,” he added.
Meanwhile, as the run-up for the annual Leo Awards heats up, Tenorio bared how he felt a degree of gratitude to the throngs of Ginebra fans who kept on defending and pushing for his MVP bid.
“Natutuwa ako sa mga fans ng Ginebra, kasi talagang nakikita ko `yung pagmamahal nila sa akin at sa team, full support talaga,” he said.
“Gusto ko ngang mag-tweet eh, kaso naisip ko wag na lang. Baka mapasama pa at mamis-interpret… pero salamat talaga sa kanila,” added the former Ateneo stalwart.