GERALD Anderson was relishing his dream of finally playing in a big league. His lifelong aspirations of finally becoming a ball player was answered when the Marikina Shoemasters being handled by his old coach, Elvis Tolentino, joined the MPBL.
“Nalungkot at brokenhearted ako kasi ito yung hinihintay ko. Ang tagal ko itong inabangan eh,” Anderson told sportswriters.
The celebrity baller suffered a hamstring injury and that prevented him from playing in the team’s first game in the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league in the country put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
“Hamsting injury. Alam mo yung injury na yun, akala mo OK ka na, pero hindi pa pala,” added Anderson. “Ayaw ko ipilit. Mahaba pa naman yung season eh.”
Tolentino has been vocal about Anderson being an integral part of his squad and not just a display on the bench.
According to Anderson, he didn’t pass up the opportunity when his long-time coach asked him to play for Marikina.
“May group kami every Sunday and we play,” added Anderson. “Mataas ang expectations nila sa akin, lalo na rin naman ako sa sarili ko. Kapag wala akong taping, talagang pumupunta ako sa practice. Mayroon akong sariling session sa bahay.”
Anderson said he would have been a baller first before becoming a celebrity.
“Isa ito sa mga pangarap ko, bata pa lang ako. Mas pangrap ko ito, kaysa mag-artista. Kaso, yun ang path ko. Pero sobrang thankful ako kasi ang bait ng teammates ko,” added Anderson. “Tinutulungan nila ako araw-araw.”