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    Purefoods gunner PJ Simon plays down back problem as a 'sign of old age'

    Feb 28, 2015
    PJ Simon has played just three games for Purefoods this conference. Jerome Ascano

    PUREFOODS Star veteran gunner Peter June Simon said his back problem is not as serious as some may think.

    Although limited to just three games in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup by back spasm, the six-foot guard from Makilala, North Cotabato said constant therapy on his back has helped him regain his explosiveness on the floor to be able to contribute to the Hotshots’ title defense.

    The pain is also considerably less, he said.

    “So far, so good ngayon, kasi nakakapag-adjust na ako dahil di na masyado masakit ang likod ko,” Simon told Spin.ph, shortly after the team’s practice on Saturday at the Ronac gym in San Juan.

    Simon was quick to quash fears that he has the same back problem that sidelined teammate James Yap for a long time two seasons ago, dismissing his back problems as a mere “sign of old age."

    “Nangyari kasi, medyo okay na siya (back) tapos nilaro ko siya so sumikip or nag-tighten uli nung nilaro ko, kaya kailangan ko magpahinga,” explained the 34-year-old sweet-shooting guard, Sta. Lucia’s 43rd overall pick in the 2001 PBA Rookie Draft.

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    “Pero di naman kasi siya masyadong masama. Typical lang na back spasm, pero sa akin muscle spasm lang kasi naramdaman ko na ito nung nag-start na mag-30s,” he added.

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    Simon averaged 7.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in just 18 minutes in the three games that he played this conference.

    But now that he has recovered with the help of the team’s physiotherapists, Simon said he is healthy enough to help Purefoods put an end to its three-game slide and resume its playoff push.

    The Hotshots, currently at 4-3, face the slumping San Miguel Beermen in the main game on Sunday.

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