MANILA, Philippines – He would have wanted to make a winning return, but Jerramy King was just glad to be back on the court for Columbian Dyip on Sunday when they played against Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
King had been out of action since late January after suffering a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament of his right knee.
He returned on Sunday against the Hotshots, playing just seven minutes and 14 seconds. He only had 2 points and 1 assists, and committed 2 turnovers in Columbian's 110-103 defeat.
"I was hoping we can win on my first comeback game, but that's okay," King said afterward.
Yet even though he came back in a loss, King was simply delighted to finally get to play again.
"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 five months but I'm just happy," he said.
"Coach has given me an opportunity to help the team, and I'm more so just happy to be back on the court," he added.
King said his knee "felt okay" against Magnolia, even though he played just limited minutes.
"Hopefully, I can get it stronger so I can run faster also. I felt a little bit slow but I can run faster soon," he said.
He also hopes to re-capture the chemistry he had with his teammates last year, when King became one of the team's bright spots. The guard averaged 14.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.9 rebounds per game for the Dyip last year.
"We need more fine-tuning, and then myself, 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," he added. "Hopefully, slowly, I can help the team more and more."
King is now looking forward to their next game on Friday, when they take on the TNT KaTropa at the Cuneta Astrodome.
"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. I love basketball and I'm just thankful for coach and all my teammates and also the whole PBA," he said.
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