Know Your Bolts: Danny Ildefonso

Years in the PBA: 17
Joined Bolts in: 2013
Previous PBA teams: San Miguel Beermen / Petron Blaze Boosters
Achievements: 8x PBA Champion, 2x PBA MVP, PBA 40 Greatest Players

How did you get started with the sport of basketball?

Ever since kasi nung bata pa ako, yun na talaga yung hilig ko. Kasi iba yung basketball court sa backyard, sa province. Halos everyday may mga dumadayo, yung mga sa barangay pumupunta sila palagi sa house.

What is your favorite aspect of the game?

Yung sa loob. Konting physical, konting hindi. At yung pag du-dunk. Mas madalas before *laughs*

What does it mean to you to be playing in the PBA?

Dream come true makapaglaro sa PBA. Yung halaga ng PBA syempre sports, iwas ka dun sa mga bisyo. Then magiging healthy pa katawan mo, makikilala ka. Mababago buhay mo because of basketball.

What does it mean to be playing for the Meralco Bolts?

Number one is nakikita pa ako ng mga anak ko na naglalaro. Second, at least na-experience ko yung generosity ng management at iba naman nakasama ko dito, ibang players naman, except si Cool Cat, sawang-sawa na ako sa kanya – di joke lang (laughs). At least na experience ko naman yung ibang management kasi for 15 years An Miguel ako. So iba naman.

On Becoming a Role Player:

It’s easy to adjust to be a role player. Kasi nga 17 years na ako, so kung ano needs ng team, kung ano yung kailangan sa akin, yun nalang yung binibigay ko. Na sayo naman yun kung paano i-accept yung role.

What are your expectations with the team?

Sana for this conference sana makapasok kami ng finals. Yun yung prayer ko.

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