MANILA, Philippines – Jerramy King would have loved to capture the win, but he is relieved enough to be back on the PBA hardcourt following a five-month layoff.
King saw action for the first time since injuring his knee in January as Columbian absorbed a 103-110 loss to Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup on Sunday, June 16.
"It feels great, to be honest. I'm just thankful to God I'm able to play the game of basketball. I'm healthy now. Those were long 5 months, but I'm just happy," King told reporters after the game.
Averaging 20.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in the Governors' Cup last year, King was dealt a huge blow in his blossoming career after tearing his posterior cruciate ligament only one game into the season.
The do-it-all missed almost the entire Philippine Cup, but he can now pick up where he left off as he continues to rediscover his lethal form.
"I've been praying that I can come back healthy and help the team. I'm just really happy that I can, like, grind and play basketball again, to be honest," King said.
"I love basketball and I'm just thankful for coach and all my teammates and also the whole PBA."
Putting up 2 points and 1 assist against 1 turnover in his first game back, King admitted there is plenty of room to improve as the Dyip try to recover from their 1-4 start.
"We need more fine-tuning and then I need to do my best to jell with the team," he said.
"I'm getting there, but I think it's a little bit slowly and coach is doing a good job of managing my minutes. Hopefully, slowly I can help the team more and more."
King looks to make more impact when Columbian tangles with league-leading TNT (6-1) at the Cuneta Astrodome on Friday, June 21. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.