AFTER winning five PBA titles in a span of 15 years, Talk ‘N Text veteran slotman Ali Peek said retirement has indeed crossed his mind owing to an aching knee he has endured over the last three years.
But first things first, he wants to cement his legacy with a rare all-Filipino three-peat with Talk 'N Text.
Peek, at vital cog in Talk ‘N Text’s last two PBA Philippine Cup championships, said it has been a challenge trying to keep up with the younger, quicker, and more athletic players as he mans the frontline for a Texters team that is now on track for a rare all-Filipino hat-trick.
“I don’t know if my company can offer me a nice job,” Peek said in jest. “But kidding aside, I’m just gonna see how I feel at the end of this season which is still kind of long way from now. But the thing with professional sports, you just never know when the end will be for you.
"I just have to be prepared. (Retirement) has been at the back of my mind … retirement has crossed my mind the past three years,” the Hawaii-born Peek added.
The 6-4 Peek, who is turning 38 next month, added that he expects a lot more banging come the PBA Finals, where the Tropang Texters are expected to have their hands full against the rugged Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
“Oh yeah, I’m prepared for the banging. They have two big guys (referring to Beau Belga and JR Quinahan). But I played them for years and they're known for their physical presence, but we’ll just see what happens," said the third pick overall of the defunct Pop Cola Panthers in the 1998 rookie draft.
Peek said he has played through a swelling knee during their recent semifinal series against the Alaska Aces, where the Tropang Texters won, 4-2 last week.
To make sure he keep the swelling down, he has been icing his knee and undergoing treatment in his desire to achieve a historic feat with the MVP-owned franchise.
“I’m very happy with the system we have now (under coach Norman Black). I’m happy to be back in the situation that we’re back in the finals. Just to be part of that (history) ... I’m so appreciative of it and I feel blessed," he said.
“One of these days, I don’t know, if we’re lucky enough to win this three-peat, if this happens, I’ll be happy to be part of history, that’s what we’re playing, to be one of the best teams in the history of this league. That’s all I’ve been playing for the last four or five years, just to win championships.
"I had my personal accolades early in my career and those are great, but to me, it’s like, ‘How do you want to be remembered?’ ‘Did he get it done?’ ‘Did he win championships?’ ‘Is he a champion?’ he said.