MANILA, Philippines – Retirement is not on the mind of Barangay Ginebra guard Mark Caguioa as he heads into his 19th season in the PBA.
Caguioa averaged just 7.3 minutes per game for the Gin Kings last year, putting up 2.7 points and 1.3 rebounds in 24 games. After Ginebra won the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup, he announced that he had signed with the team for one more year.
"Actually, I feel good," said Caguioa during the league's Media Day last week.
"You know, this is my 19th year," he added. "People are asking me if it might be my last year."
There are multiple factors that will play into Caguioa's decision to retire. The first, of course, is how he feels physically. Another is how he will fit into the team.
The former PBA Most Valuable Player made it clear that he doesn't want to stay in Ginebra just for the sake of taking up a roster spot.
"Gusto ko rin makatulong," he stressed. "If I can't help the team out anymore, if my body can't do it anymore, then maybe it would be time to retire, you know?"
That time is not yet now, however.
"Right now, my body's feeling okay," said Caguioa. "I can still help the team."
"Kung 'di ko na matutulungan 'yung team because, you know, I can't or I'm old, then maybe it's time to hang it up," he added. "But as of now, I'm feeling pretty good."
Caguioa has previously expressed his desire to win another All-Filipino championship with Ginebra, especially after their impressive triumph over Meralco in the Governors' Cup finals. Their mission was dealt a blow when Greg Slaughter announced that he will take a sabbatical from the league, but the Gin Kings still have a strong chance especially with San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo sitting out the conference with an injury.
"We were all talking about that," said Caguioa. "With June Mar being out, everyone has a chance of winning this. It's basically a free for all, so we're looking forward to it."
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