PBA’s Iron Man LA Tenorio shares tips to longevity, durability

MANILA – LA Tenorio has been amazingly durable during his professional basketball career, as he has not missed a single game since making his PBA debut 13 years ago.

Tenorio is the PBA’s resident Iron Man, having played in 641 consecutive games before the novel coronavirus pandemic halted the league’s activities last March. He notched the record last year when he played his 597th game in March 2019, breaking the record previously held by Alvin Patrimonio.

Speaking to Migs Bustos on “Off the Record,” the Ginebra point guard said there are not really any secrets to his longevity or durability — only pure love and enjoyment of the game.

“There’s no secret sa lahat ng ginagawa ko. A lot of the players, most of the players are doing the same thing — workout, extra practice, eating the right food or sleeping sa tamang oras,” said Tenorio, a five-time PBA champion.

“Ang daming nagtatanong sa akin niyan, at hindi ko din masagot kasi maybe, some other players are more disciplined,” he admitted.

But the one thing that Tenorio does is to simply enjoy the game, and to avoid putting too much pressure on himself. 

It is how he has kept himself motivated throughout a career that has seen him win Best Player of the Conference once, and Finals Most Valuable Player three times.

“I’m just enjoying the game, to make it simple,” he said. “I’m just enjoying the game, I enjoy playing with my teammates, I enjoy playing with my opponents, I enjoy the competition.”

“I don’t pressure myself too much. Before yes, nape-pressure ko masyado ang sarili ko, but you know, I’m just enjoying the game,” he added.

“Playing this long without missing any game, I can’t explain, really. I really can’t explain,” he said. “Siguro kung sasabihin ko lang, I’m just enjoying the game. I’m still the same kid growing up, enjoying the game.”

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