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Caguioa seeks swan song

I’m 40 years old. I’ve been there and done that.

Gene Beatrice A. Micaller

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MARK Caguioa wants one more crown with Barangay Ginebra before retiring.    DAVID JOHN CUBANGBANG @tribunephl_dvd

Mark Caguioa wants to play one more year before calling it a career.

Caguioa, who served as face of Barangay Ginebra following the retirement of Robert Jaworski, said he would definitely return for another tour of duty before retiring from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

The 40-year-old guard said no less than San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua told him to suit up next season for his 19th year in the PBA.

Although he saw very limited action in the recent Governors’ Cup, Caguioa stressed that he is ready for another run to help the Kings win the title in the Philippine Cup starting 1 March.

“I’m 40 years old. I’ve been there and done that. There’s no way I would want to play more minutes or more time than with these guys,” said Caguioa, a 13-time All-Star who emerged as the Most Valuable Player in 2012, during their victory party late Monday.

“Coach Al pulled me aside and told me that he would give me one more year to play with the team.”

Also looking to finish their careers with Ginebra were Joe Devance and LA Tenorio.

The 37-year-old Devance, a 10-time champion, said he hopes to stay with the Kings for the rest of his career.

“I don’t know how much longer I can play, but I’m hoping the end is here,” said Devance, the top overall pick in the 2007 Rookie Draft. “Hopefully, I don’t get traded.”

Tenorio, for his part, said he would remain as a King for as long as he can play.

“For as long as I can dribble the ball, I would still keep on playing,” said the 35-year-old Tenorio, who was drafted fourth by San Miguel Beer in 2006 before moving to Alaska and Ginebra. “If ever I get to choose my path, I would like to end my career with Ginebra because I created a family here.”

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