PBA: PJ Simon says it’s time to give younger Magnolia Hotshots the spotlight
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Magnolia Hotshots veteran Peter June Simon, who is set to retire at the end of the 2020 PBA season, said he is ready to pass the torch to his younger teammates.
Simon made the remark per an online report, adding that while he can still play, he feels it is necessary to give the younger guards, in particular, more playing time.
“Nakakalungkot dahil parang feeling ko, gusto ko pa, kaya ko pa. Pero sa tingin ko, eto na ‘yung time,” said Simon. “Marami kaming guards. Ang gagaling nilang lahat. Kaya ko rin naisip na ito na ‘yung time nila.”
Simon is a 17-year PBA veteran who first played in 2004, years after being drafted by Sta. Lucia as its 43rd overall pick in the 2001 PBA Draft.
The Hotshots, one of the most storied franchises in PBA history, are loaded in the backcourt and wings positions, with go-to guys like Paul Lee and Mark Barroca. They also Jio Jalalon and Chris Banchero in their roster, as well as Justin Melton.
All players have been thriving under coach Chito Victolero’s system, and that is why Simon feels it is time to call it a career after this year and settle down.
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