A comeback might be on the horizon for RR Garcia as he began working out for Rain or Shine in hopes of making the team's roster for the upcoming PBA Governors' Cup.
The guard out of Far Eastern University saw action for the Elasto Painters in a tune-up on Thursday, six days after his contract with TNT -- with whom Garcia didn't play a single game this year -- expired.
Despite the long layoff, Garcia looked spry and provided a boost in the backcourt during Rain or Shine's 103-90 win against the Fuel Masters in their practice game of the break. He scored three points, but his poise and ability to run the offense stood out for assistant coach Chris Gavina.
"I mean he has such great instincts out there, playmaking as well as leadership abilities. Gives us a really solid, possible closer at the end of games. I think he could be a really good addition to our team and he's been really working hard so I've been impressed," said Gavina , who is running practices and games with head coach Caloy Garcia on duty with Gilas Pilipinas in China.
Garcia has yet to ink a deal since the team still wants Coach Garcia, who invited the guard to work out with Rain or Shine in the first place, to take a look at how the guard fares himself.
"I'm just playing along with them since coach Caloy invited me here with Rain or Shine. I'm thankful. Maybe I'll be given a chance to play again," said Garcia.
"We're still evaluating him and we'll probably make a decision soon once Gilas is back here in the Philippines and coach Caloy can really observe him even more in the tune-up games," Gavina added.
There's room for optimism, though, especially since it didn't look like Garcia missed a single step against Phoenix, who is also interested in bringing the offensive-minded guard on board.
"Highly impressed [with him] considering no one has seen him probably in a year or so. For him to keep himself in shape and still stay sharp. I think his aggressiveness will come back the more minutes he gets and hopefully he can he be a real great asset for us if we're able to pick him up," noted Gavina.
"It's my first time playing a PBA practice game. I've been able to rest for a couple of months, and I felt like a rookie again when coach Gavina played me," Garcia shared.
"I hope I'm given a chance to prove myself again."