John Wilson relishing second chance at Ginebra after signing one-conference contract
John Wilson beat out Mikey Cabahug for a spot in the Ginebra lineup. Jham Mariano

JOHN Wilson is relishing his second chance with Barangay Ginebra and is hoping to get the ultimate prize this time.  

The veteran shooting guard signed a one-conference contract with the Gin Kings last week, marking his return to the team that took him in the first round at seventh overall in the 2010 PBA Rookie Draft.

“Masaya and excited na nakabalik ako sa dati kong team,” Wilson, who played his first two years in the league with Ginebra, said. “Hopefully, bago ako mag-retire o tumatanda na ako, makatikim man lang ako ng championship, kasi iba pakiramdam ng nag-champion ka sa gusto mong sport.”

The seven-year journeyman, who edged fellow shooter and rookie hopeful Mikey Cabahug for the last spot in the Gin Kings’ roster, feels his stint with the back-to-back Governors’ Cup champions is his best chance at winning a first career title.

“In God’s plan,” Wilson said. “Araw-araw nagdadasal ako, sana everybody healthy para kung makapunta kami ng semifinals, finals, full force kami. Then ako, always ready ako. Pag tinawag yung pangalan ko, ready ako.”

Apart from doing extra work before and after practice, the former NCAA MVP out of Jose Rizal University is also working out on his own outside the confines of the Upper Deck gym as he awaits his opportunity from coach Tim Cone.

“Hindi yung porket hindi ka ginagamit, hindi ka nagpapakundisyon,” the 30-year-old cager said. “Wala kang maipapakita. Maganda yung ready ka.”

“Para kahit hindi ako gamitin sa game, may ibang games pa na bunutin ako. Hintay-hintay lang ako ng opportunity,” he added.

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