Raymond Almazan is ready to bury the ghost of his past as he looks forward to an anticipated return in the upcoming 44th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) season.
Almost four months after going AWOL (absence without leave) from Rain or Shine last year, Almazan said that he already learned his lesson and is excited to redeem himself when the Philippine Cup unveils on 13 January at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
“It’s nice to be back,” said Almazan who was all smiles in his first public appearance during the first ever PBA Media Day on Thursday.
“I’m just excited because I haven’t played in the PBA for nearly four months. I hope to apply all the lessons I’ve learned this time.”
Almazan last played for the Elasto Painters last 2 October in the season-ending Governors’ Cup following his sabbatical before reporting back to the team late in the month.
His absence hurt Rain or Shine which failed to advance in the playoffs with a 3-8 win-loss slate.
Now, the 6-foot-8 center is relishing this chance to redeem himself, not only to his team, but also to his fans.
“Past is past. What’s important now is the present and I’m looking forward to make the most out of it. I will bounce back and I am just thrilled to prove that.”
Almazan and the rest of the Elasto Painters will make their Philippine Cup debut on 18 January against NLEX at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.