Romel Adducul’s basketball career didn’t end in flying colours.
For one, the 6’5″ former bullstrong PBA center played sparingly during his final PBA season with Globalport.
His contract with the Powerade Tigers was assumed by Globalport when the Batang Pier bought the franchise of the former last year.
Adducul, once the face of the Metropolitan Basketball Association more than a decade ago, as well as an MVP during his NCAA days with the San Sebastian Stags and the Philippine Basketball League, averaged just 1.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in eight minutes during his last 14 games with Globalport.
After the Batang limped out of the Commissioner’s Cup with a woeful 2-12 record, Adducul was done with his career.
He rejoined Globalport at the start of the Governors Cup, not as a backup slotman, but as part of the team’s coaching staff led by head coach Junel Baculi.
Now, like his college contemporary Danny Ildefonso of Petron, Adducul’s job is to mentor Globalport’s big men. (The only difference between him and Ildefonso is that the latter is still actively playing for the Boosters.)
I remembered Adducul telling me a few months back that should he retire, he’d probably be taking in a coaching role because it has been his passion to teach young players.
Well, now, he’s set to fulfil his wish with the Batang Pier, a young franchise that is out to prove they truly belong in the PBA.
But I think, more than just his basketball skills, which once made him a consensus PBA top pick during the late 1990s, till he decided to take a different path by way of joining the MBA via the Manila Metro Stars, Adducul’s life and how he overcame nasopharynx cancer a few years ago, will always serve as an inspiration to many.
I remember Adducul telling me that there were times during his fight with cancer that he just wanted to quit because of the pain brought about by medication. But his faith in God and the care of his friends and loving wife-doctor Joy, helped him recover in just a few years after discovering he had cancer in 2008.
Adducul’s skills may have deserted him already as Father Time already caught up with him. But what Father Time can’t take away is the faith lessons he gained during the last five years of his basketball career, lessons that I believe, has toughened him and gave him a new perspective in life.
God bless your new career, “General”!
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