April 25, 2024

LA Tenorio ready to start another Iron Man streak

LA Tenorio ready to start another Iron Man streak

After Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings coach Tim Cone delivered the devastating news that LA Tenorio will need to undergo surgery to treat his aggravated sports hernia, it has finally dawned on many: the streak is indeed over.

Tenorio played 744 consecutive games in the PBA, and that is not just any neat feat but a major record that may stay unbroken for a while. After all, it took him 17 years—or his entire PBA career so far—to set that milestone.

The champion point guard recognizes the enormity of his own achievement.

“17 straight years playing in the PBA is truly a great blessing for me and my family,” Tenorio said on Twitter. “I am truly grateful to God for giving me the strength to play 744 straight games in front of millions of Filipinos all over the world.“

The 38-year-old floor general was dubbed the Iron Man of the PBA due to his longevity and ability to play at a high level even as he advanced in age.

Tinyente, despite the injury setback, makes it clear he still has a lot left in the tank. Actually, he is looking to make a big splash when he returns to action.

“I promise I will come back stronger and I will make another streak,” said Tenorio. 

While he may miss the rest of the ongoing PBA Governors’ Cup for his surgery and recovery, Tenorio also tells the fans they have not seen the last of him.  

“I am not retiring yet,” he said. “Katatapos lang ng Iron Man 1. Iron Man 2 is still coming.”