EYEING redemption in the new season, Petron’s Arwind Santos isn't much for a long rest as he intends to make full use of the short offseason to keep himself in top shape.
The 39th PBA season opens shop on November 17, less than a month after the San Mig Coffee Mixers edged Santos and the Boosters in a Governors’ Cup Finals that went the full seven-game distance.
The reigning league MVP is planning a short trip with his family in Hong Kong on November 6, but even that won't be a pure vacation as he vowed to put in the work for the up and coming 2013-14 PBA season.
They Said It!
“Mahirap na mawala sa kundisyon. Siguro ang magiging advantage ko na lang aside from magpakundisyon ko eh yung experience ko dahil sa tagal na rin na paglalaro sa PBA." - Petron Blaze forward Arwind Santos
The 6-foot-4 Petron Blaze forward said he can’t be complacent at all in the brief offseason, given the athletic and high-quality rookies that are entering the pro league beginning in Sunday’s PBA annual rookie draft.
“No. 1 eh kailangan kong pangalagaan ang kalusugan ko, makundisyon ang katawan ko kahit na offseason kaya nga sa Hong Kong, magja-jogging pa din ako saka mag-weights,” Santos told Spin.ph.
The two-time PBA Best Player of the Conference added he just can’t simply rely on his years of PBA experience, given the army of talented rookies that are ready to take their acts to the pro league.
“Mahirap na mawala sa kundisyon. Siguro ang magiging advantage ko na lang aside from magpakundisyon ko eh yung experience ko dahil sa tagal na rin na paglalaro sa PBA,” he added.
Santos said he’s thankful in a way for the marked improvement of the Boosters, considering that they failed to get past the quarterfinals during the first two conferences of the just-concluded season.
“Dati kasi di kami pumapasok sa semis, so okay na din ito,” Santos said, referring to the team’s runner-up finish in the Governors Cup after bowing to the Mixers, 77-87 in their do-or-die Game Seven in the Finals last week.
The former Far Eastern University star ended the conference with averages of 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 block in 31.38 minutes of action.