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    Veteran Danny Ildefonso not sitting around while waiting for next PBA contract

    Jul 6, 2014

    VETERAN Danny Ildefonso is still without a contract, but he's not sitting around while waiting for that call from Meralco or perhaps some other team.

    The 37-year-old PBA veteran said he has stepped up his offseason conditioning as he looks to extend a pro career that has made him one of the most accomplished big men in league history.

    “Nagpapakundisyon lang ako ngayon,” Ildefonso said when reached by over the weekend, adding he feels still capable of playing another two seasons before calling in a career.

    The two-time league MVP knows landing another contract at this stage in his career won't be easy, considering he played sparingly and hardly made an impact in his first season with Meralco.

    The 6-foot-5 Ildefonso averaged just 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 12.3 minutes for the Bolts after being unceremoniously dropped by San Miguel Beer - a franchise he led to eight championships over 15 seasons.

    Meralco has yet to get in touch since his short-term contract expired. Ildefonso may also get an opportunity from two expansion franchises that will be making their debut in the league next season.

    But while playing the waiting game, he has taken it upon himself to put in the offseason work, even hiring a conditioning coach to help him get in the best possible shape.

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    “Kaya pa tingin ko ng mga two years maglaro. Siyempre masusubukan ako dito kaya nga ngayon, kumuha ako ng conditioning coach ko para maibalik ko yung dating katawan ko,” said the pride of Urdaneta, Pangasinan.

    “Medyo ngayon, pang-big man yung ginagawa ko. Kailangan ko maibalik yung weight ko sa 195 pounds, kasi ngayon nasa mga 215 pounds pa ako,” he added.

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