Left without a team after the Commissioners’ Cup, veteran playmaker Denok Miranda vows to give all he has left in his tank after being given a chance to make a PBA comeback via the young Blackwater Elite squad.
Miranda played his first game this conference, though his debut was marked with another defeat by Blackwater, which bowed to Meralco, 105-90 on Wednesday.
“Na-miss ko yung takbo up and down, yung mga sumisigaw na tao,” said a grateful Miranda after the game. “Nagpapasalamat rin ako kila coach (Leo Isaac) na nabigyan nila ako ng break, tsaka kay boss Dioceldo Sy.”
Still not in tip-top shape after a long layoff, Miranda played 7 minutes, entering the game midway in the third quarter. He was able to chip in 5 points, before eventually losing steam.
“Pagpasok ko kanina, talagang tinodo ko, 7 minutes straight ata, kaso parang kinapos rin ako kaya ako nagpa-sub ako kay coach,” shared the 34-year old former Far Eastern University playmaker.
Though his new team is currently struggling, Miranda sees a lot of positive in the young breed of point guards, whom he intends to guide.
“Malaki naman yung potential nila eh, basta makinig lang sila sa mga beterano, sa aming dalawa ni Mike, tsaka sa coaches,” he said, whose team missed the services of injured import Eric Dawson (back spasm), JP Erram (knee) and Mike Cortez (calf).
“Gina-guide ko rin yung mga batang point guards kasi nasa attack mode sila sa lahat. Kina-kalma ko muna sila para ma-set muna namin yung play namin,” Miranda added.
After just 4 practice days with his new team, Miranda looks forward to prolong second chance in the PBA.
“Mga ilang games, siguro next game, kung 7 minutes ngayon, siguro 10 minutes naman,” said Miranda jokingly. – Jason Mercene