Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
(C) PBA Images


Helping out young Converge the reason behind leaving retirement, says Danny Ildefonso

Converge assistant coach Danny Ildefonso felt that imparting lessons would be better if he’s actually in the trenches alongside the young wards.

Thus, the decision to lace up his sneakers once again and sign a deal with the FiberXers for the rest of the PBA Governors’ Cup, marking his return to the pros about eight years after announcing his first retirement.

“Para mas madali magturo para sa akin,” said the cage legend known as the ‘Demolition Man,’ who’s a two-time league MVP.

Ildefonso played his first game back on Friday against Meralco — coincidentally the last team he played for before hanging up his kicks — and he admitted that there’s plenty of catching up to do to regain his rhythm.

The last time he played in the PBA was in June 27, 2015, when his Bolts beat San Miguel, 106-99, in Game 1 of the Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.

He checked into the match at the 8:51-mark of the first quarter, but immediately gave up a foul on Cliff Hodge seconds into his entry in an attempt to stop his former teammate from scoring, though he was late.

2023-PBA-Governors-Cup-Converge-vs-Meralco-Danny-Ildefonso Helping out young Converge the reason behind leaving retirement, says Danny Ildefonso Basketball News PBA  - philippine sports news

(C) PBA Images

The 46-year-old would play just a total of four minutes and 17 seconds, with a rebound and a turnover in the eventual defeat, 132-129.

“Makikita mo wala pa, delayed pa ‘yung reaction ng katawan,” said Ildefonso, who’s a member of the PBA’s 40 Greatest Players.

Converge is playing again on Sunday versus Ginebra but the eight-time PBA champion is tempering expectations about turning in a better showing.

His focus now, really, is on getting in better game shape in the coming weeks, which will also be the tail-end of the elimination round.

#ReadMore  Creamline pounds skidding BanKo, secures playoff berth

“Sabi ko naman, ‘wag pa mag-expect kasi kumbaga, ang ano ko talaga is ‘yung two to three weeks, ‘yung makakatulong pa ako,” he said.

The second game of each PBA gameday is live-streamed on SMART Sports.

Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.

You May Also Like


TNT believes that Rondae Hollis-Jefferson could play even better moving forward now that the PBA playoffs’ tip-off schedule will be in primetime. And that’s...


Mikey Williams simply didn’t want to be ‘gunshy’ again in TNT’s crucial Game 3 tiff against Meralco in the PBA Governors’ Cup semis Wednesday...


Rondae Hollis-Jefferson submitted his best performance of the conference to date to power TNT’s 99-80 blasting of Meralco to move a win away from...


Christian Standhardinger further solidified his bid of securing the 2023 PBA Governors’ Cup Best Player of the Conference award after helping Barangay Ginebra book...


There’s a chance Japeth Aguilar comes back soon. Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said that his star center could return to action in Game...


Justin Brownlee and Christian Standhardinger connived as Ginebra frustrated San Miguel, 87-85, to sweep its way to yet another PBA Governors’ Cup Finals appearance,...


Ginebra big man Christian Standhardinger is making waves in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup. He’s the front-runner in the Best Player of the...


ANTIPOLO – San Miguel head coach Jorge Gallent ruled out the possibility of June Mar Fajardo coming back sooner after showing up in Game...