It’s going to be a very long wait between today and the opening of the next season of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
As a matter of fact, it’ll be a little over a year before that comes to fruition, if at all, after the league announced it was cancelling the 2020-2021 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Until then, MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes made an impassioned plea to all of the league’s teams and players to keep their strength up, in mind, body and spirit.
“Right now it’s all new to everyone. Hindi natin alam kung paano i-cope up ‘to e dahil hindi natin alam kailan babalik ‘yung normal. Just be strong mentally. Ito ‘yung pinaka-importante dito,” said Duremdes during a recent podcast.
He added that the players would have no problem dealing with the physical aspect of not having basketball for a long while. The mental aspect however, is a whole different story, he says.
“Basketball players, I believe athletic ‘yan e. Konting conditioning lang ‘yan back to form ka na ulit, babalik ka na ulit sa competitive form mo. But the crucial is mental. Physical, i-jogging mo lang ‘yan, work out lang konti. Pero itong mental, kailangan you have to be stronger at this point in time,” explained Duremdes.
With no basketball games to play or train for, Duremdes advised players to discover new things to do or even get a new business off the ground. Amidst the uncertainty surrounding the league and the sport itself, Duremdes assured the players that once everything gets back to normal, their wait will not be in vain.
“Don’t think na you’re losing hope. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” (JNP)