After 8 months away from the basketball spotlight, former PBA player TY Tang made a triumphant return in the sports he played for more than a decade –with a mission to lend his expertise and leadership to amateur cagers.
Announcing his early retirement in the professional rank last year to focus on their family business, Tang decided to come back in the hardcourt to motivate an up-and-coming Mighty Sports team, playing his debut game in the PCBL at the Marikina Sports Complex on Friday.
“Masaya ako kasi I’ve been there (PBA), pero right now, siguro playing over here right now, it’s really trying to help out and share my knowledge sa basketball,” told Tang to FOX Sports.
Tang, a 7-year pro out of De La Salle University, scored 4 points in 14 minutes in Mighty’s win over Supremo Lex Builders.
With all the glory days of his illustrious basketball career behind him already, Tang, 31, does not intend to revive his game on his return as he spends most of his time handling their family business.
“I’m already out of shape, I don’t really practice much, practice with them pag may chance ako but my commitment really is my family business,” admitted the ex-Rain or Shine point guard, who is into managing a trading and construction company.
Although still adjusting on his transition to the business world, Tang could not pass up on the opportunity to mentor young aspirants when he accepted the offer from Mighty.
“I try to help out in whatever form I can, whether it’s inside the court or just trying to give some suggestions and helping out the players going in,” said the former Xavier standout. “Sometimes you need the vocal leader inside the team.”
“It’s really getting aspiring players to get in. When they (Mighty management) called me, it’s really to help out stabilizing the team kasi bago rin sila sa league and they wanted to start as a contender right away,” shared Tang, who is playing alongside collegiate stars like Kiefer Ravena and Bright Akhuetie.
After his campaign for Mighty, Tang hopes to see some of the PCBL players in the professional league.
“Over here, a lot of young aspirants wanting to step into the pros, live their dreams, and hopefully magawa nila yun.” – By Jason Mercene
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