With his first Finals stint for new team Brgy. Ginebra already assured, Jared Dillinger is now looking forward to facing one of his former teams in the duel for the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup title.
The 35-year old Dillinger, who suited up for 5 years with TNT and 6 with Meralco in an 11-year career which has so far produced 5 PBA titles, is amused at how fate is unfolding right before his very eyes.
“It’s really funny how life works,” said the 6-foot-4 Fil Am who was plucked out of free agency by the Gin Kings during mid-season in a move which was frowned upon by Meralco management.
“It’s going to be a lot of emotions, but it’s still just a game, it’s still a business,” he added.
With more than a decade of service for the two teams under the MVP umbrella, the friendship and camaraderie developed through the years with their players and coaches are, understandably, still pretty much in his system.
“I have a lot of brothers and friends over there on that side,” admitted Dillinger. “But whether its TNT or Meralco, when the ball goes up in the air, I would look at those guys like my enemies.”
“It’s going to be all business once the finals starts,” he added.
Now on the other side of the fence, Dillinger is grateful for the opportunity to contend for another title.
“I can’t be more excited to be with Ginebra and to be with the San Miguel Corp. They gave me the opportunity, they gave me the chance, and I want to repay that back with blood, sweat, and tears when I’m on the court playing.”
“It’s a blessing. I’m very grateful. I’m going to work my butt off and try to play catch-up in terms of getting my body right and get in rhythm and timing. Everyone is looking great out there, and I’m going to do what I can.”