JARED Dillinger is grateful to Barangay Ginebra management for allowing him to take his time off to recuperate from the nagging quad injury that sidelined him for most of this PBA season.
The veteran guard said he has been given the blessing by team hierarchy and even coach Tim Cone not to hurry his return to active duty, stressing his health and form is first and foremost to them.
"I spoke to coach Cone, management of San Miguel and Ginebra, and they really want to make sure I take my time with this," said Dillinger, who finally showed up in a Barangay Ginebra game for the first time following his controversial transfer from Meralco via the unrestricted free agency list.
"So they're very patient and they just want me to be healed. So there's no timetable."
The big Fil-Am player said he's not been re-missed as far as his treatment is concerned.
"Rehab and therapy have been going great. I've been following this program that I got from my doctors and trainers from the states. It's been going very well," he said.
A known warrior, Dillinger vows he's ready to suit up for the Kings the moment he feels his good to play again.
"But I'm healthy and when I feel one hundred, I'll play right away," he added.
Too bad, the Kings lost the first time Dillinger joined the team in a game, absorbing a 104-81 setback at the hands of Rain or Shine.
But he felt good that even with the Kings down, the crowd kept on chanting and remained on the side of the team.
"Obviously they're the most popular team in the Philippines, so it's a pretty good feeling knowing that the whole country is behind your back," noted Dillinger.(RG)