Cone says Caguioa can still deliver at 39

July 05, 2020
Tim Cone

Calling it quits is farthest from the mind of Barangay Ginebra great Mark Caguioa. In fact, coach Tim Cone has said the former PBA Most Valuable Player still has plenty left in the tank.

Caguiao is now on his 19th year in the league that's been good to him.

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.