This season has been a struggle for 30-year-old Rey Guevarra. A nagging injury has forced him to play just nine games this season with the Mahindra Floodbuster.
Though he is still recovering from the physical and emotional stress of his recuperation, the three-time slam dunk king’s eyes always light up when the dunk competition becomes the topic of conversation.
Now a seven-year league veteran, Guevarra shared that he might not be able to display the same hops that he did in the past.
“Problema ko muna, panu ako makatalon.” the third overall pick in the 2010 draft quipped. “Galing kasi ako ng injury e.”
Fortunately, the work he has put into rehabilation has done wonders for him, as he is ready to defend his crown. And even after lording over the slam dunk competition for the last three years, the feeling of going out there and putting on a show does not get old for him
“Ine-enjoy ko lang talaga yung event para sa mga fans at sa mga teammates ko. Nasanay na rin ako kasi ilang taon na,” he furthered.
This year, though, the field is tougher, as athletic wings Chris Newsome and James Forrester banner the competition, while JC Intal, Jammer Jamito, and Marion Magat look to stun the Lucena crowd.
For Guevarra though, being tagged as an underdog is what motivated him to get back faster.
“Mas nakakagana yung field. Iba na yung challenge ngayon.
“Hopefully, makabalik yung talon ko nun,” the Letran alumnus stated.