PBA: Caguioa can play for two more years, says Cone

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 05 2020 02:12 PM

Barangay Ginebra guard Mark Caguioa during their Fans' Day. PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines -- Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone is confident that Mark Caguioa still has plenty left in the tank, even though the former PBA Most Valuable Player is on the brink of his 19th season in the league.

Caguioa signed a one-year deal to stay with the Gin Kings after their triumph in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup, despite averaging just over seven minutes per game for the squad last season.

"He still wants to play," Cone said of Caguioa during his recent appearance on the "Coaches Unfiltered" podcast. 

"I can see him play for another year or two at least, I really could," the coach added. "I mean, he takes great care of his body, he's still athletic, one of the more athletic guys in our team."

Now 40 years old, Caguioa plays mostly a reserve role for the Gin Kings, although he remains one of the leaders of the team. Earlier this year, he stressed that he still "feel(s) good" and that retirement was not on his mind.

"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," Caguioa said in March. 

"Right now, my body's feeling okay. I can still help the team," he added.

Caguioa, the PBA MVP in 2012, averaged just 2.7 points and 1.3 rebounds in 24 appearances last season. 

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