EIGHT months after and Don Allado is back playing again for Barako Bull in the PBA.
The 6-foot-6 big man out of La Salle finally played his first game Friday night since being slapped with a one conference ban by the league for the uncalled for remarks made on his Twitter account @alotofDON about `game-fixing’ in the league.
Allado played for just three minutes and failed to score in his comeback game with the Energy Cola, who won over defending champion San Mig Coffee Mixers, 79-75, in the opener of the Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Galing ako sa flu, but slowly, I’m trying to get back my rhythm as the season goes longer,” Allado told Spin.ph shortly after the game.
Other than the conference-long ban, Allado was fined P500,000 for his tweets that went viral, following Barako Bull’s playoff loss to Powerade during the Governors Cup.
But Allado said all those were water under the bridge now as he vowed to focus on playing and helping the retooled Energy Cola this season.
Allado admitted having a rough start when he rejoined Barako Bull recently in practice, but was thankful that he’s slowly regaining his old playing form.
“Before (joining Barako Bull), pumupunta ako ng Moro Lorenzo gym para mag-weights. Tumatakbo ako dun, tapos sumasali din ako sa ibang liga, pero yung high-intensity, wala akong ganung laro,” said Allado.
“When I came back, sobrang hard ng practice ng team pero eventually, naka-adjust na ang katawan ko,” he added.
Allado averaged 7.95 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.12 assists in 42 games for the Energy Cola last season.
He may not be able to get the same numbers this year with the presence of Doug Kramer and younger big men like Jason Ballesteros and rookie Dave Marcelo.
But Allado believes Barako Bull now has the mixture of experience and youth, which could help the team in its quest for a better showing in the import-laden conference.