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Veteran baller Jessie Saitanan still looking to share his wisdom as he joins a champion team
by Jim Lemuel Wilson, June 05, 2019 10:32pm
Former Mapua Cardinal and ex-PBA player Jessie Saitanan is still going to teach the youngsters in the teams even though he is joining the Datu Cup champions San Juan Knights in the third season of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.
After playing college ball with Mapua, Saitanan played in the Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League before he got a call from PBA team GlobalPort and he joined the pro squad.
After GlobalPort, Saitanan joined the Imus Bandera in the first season of the MPBL and then got another PBA team calling him in Talk ‘N Text. He then transferred to Magnolia and was in the reserve list until the last PBA conference, when Magnolia finished runner-up to the San Miguel Beermen.
Through all those experiences, Saitanan has definitely learned a lot, and he is going to share his knowledge with his new teammates.
“Tutulungan ko lang mga teammates ko. Kasi alam naman na nila, nag-champion naman na sila, hindi na sila mahirap pakisamahan. Sakin lang, kung ano yung kaya kong maitulong sa kanila, ituturo ko pa din sa kanila, kung paano lumaban, kung paano makipag-kompitensya sa kalaban,” he said in an exclusive interview with Courtside Philippines.
Kasi yung maitutulong ko lang... yung experience ko, at saka imo-motivate ko lang sila para hindi mawala sa laro,” added Saitanan.
Saitanan also said that he does not feel intimidated joining a champion team even though the last team he played for proved to be just second-best.
“Hindi naman. Sa akin okay lang. Kasi sila nag-champion sila, ako nakarating naman ako pro. Kaya hindi ako na-i-intimidate na nag-champion sila, basta tutulungan ko sila dahil sumama ako sa team nila.”
Saitanan said that he decided to join go back to the MPBL once the Magnolia management told him that they can’t give him a roster spot, especially as they are expecting Marc Pingris to make a comeback.
“Maraming pinagpiliang teams pero pinili San Juan because of the coaches. Si coach Yong, coach Randy, matagal ko nang nakasama yang mga yan e. College pa lang ako kasama ko na sila, kaya sila pinili ko. Lalo na si coach Yong, siya nag buildup sakin na magdala sakin dito sa Manila, maglaro, kaya parang tatay ko na din siya.”
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