Anthony shared his most recent setback that delayed his return to the court, but he eventually overcame it.
“It was unfortunate. The surgery I had where my groin abs were reattached back on to the bone. Part of it is, at some point, the scar tissue would break up. Unfortunately, it was the month like I’ve been practicing with them for a bit and unfortunately, the scar tissue (broke). It takes about a week or a week and a half so I had to sit out those first two games and just focused on getting stronger for tonight and everything felt good. I just got to get my feeling back, everything,” said Anthony.
It talked longer than expected, but Sean felt thankful with appreciation after finally getting back in action, making his debut for Phoenix half a year after the move from Northport.
The veteran forward acquired in a trade that sent Vic Manuel to NorthPort last November, Anthony overcame an array of injuries before playing his first game where he finished with nine points and 12 rebounds in the Fuel Masters’ 97-74 win over Terrafirma.
Anthony has not played since September 26, 2021 when Northport went up against San Miguel in Bacolor, Pampanga, Philippine Cup quarterfinals. At the time, he was still with NorthPort before a trade to the Fuel Masters two months later.
He, however, didn’t make his first on-court appearance for his new team until Friday as he underwent surgeries and rehabilitation.
“It’s been almost a year,” said Anthony. “It’s been about 10 months, two surgeries, lots of rehab. Feels great to be back on the court. Grateful to be back.”
“Grateful to be back.”
The 36-year-old actually should have played earlier in the new season. However, he faced a bit of a setback, causing him to miss their first two games.
However, it is better late than never, as the adage goes. In addition, Anthony immediately brought an impact for Phoenix against Terrafirma.
The 12-year veteran finished with 9 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, and an assist in 23 minutes off the bench. He helped his side hand Dyip a 97-74 beating to collect their first win in the 2022 Philippine Cup.
Anthony said that he still has lots of work to do in terms of conditioning but is nonetheless elated to be playing once more.
“I just came in, played, and did what I could. I knew my conditioning was not going to be where it needs to be just because I’ve just been rehabbing. And I haven’t been able to play full 5-on-5 so I’m going to work my way into shape,” said the one-time Mythical First Team member.