Seen happening at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo, Sean Anthony is indeed overjoyed to be back playing, having already made his Phoenix professional debut half a year after eventually moving from Northport.
Anthony was also recently acquired in a deal which brought Vic Manuel to NorthPort in November and battled back a slew of ailments before making his debut, finishing with nine points and 12 rebounds in the Fuel Masters’ 97 to 74 victory over Terrafirma.
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Anthony hasn’t really appeared in a game since September 26, 2021, when NorthPort actually faced San Miguel in Bacolor, Pampanga.
“It’s been almost a year,” Anthony added. “It’s been about 10 months, two surgeries, lots of rehab. Feels great to be back on the court. Grateful to be back.”
Anthony discussed his own most recent big setback, which delayed indefinitely his comeback to the court but was ultimately overcome.
“It was unfortunate. The surgery I had where they’re-attached my groin and re-attached my abs back onto 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,” Anthony remarked.
Knowing exactly that of his own level of fitness isn’t quite as great as his colleagues’, Anthony, 36, said that he mainly concentrated on other aspects of the game such as rebounding and leadership.
“I just came in, played, did what I could. I knew my conditioning wasn’t 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 as the season goes. “I just wanted to impact the game in some way, setting guys up, rebounds,” Anthony explained.
“We got a lot of youth and a lot of young guys, we want to give them their confidence,” Anthony added on his willingness to be a leader in the team. “We want to make sure to give them a little tap on the back when they’re doing the right things the right way.”
“Lots of guys stepped up today. Aljun (Melecio) came off the bench and had some great defensive stops. Chris was strong and took it to the basket. We had a great off the bench contribution tonight so we just want to make sure everyone’s playing well,” Anthony added.
On Sean Anthony
Sean Michael Dee Anthony (born January 26, 1986) is a Filipino-Canadian professional basketball player for the Philippine Basketball Association’s Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters (PBA). The Air21 Express selected him sixth overall in 2010, but he was promptly traded to the Powerade Tigers on draft night. He was named Rookie Sophomore Blitz Game MVP in his rookie season.
After two seasons with the Tigers, he was moved to Barako Bull Energy Cola on PBA draft night in 2012 in exchange for Aldrech Ramos, Barako Bull’s fifth-round choice .
He was traded to Talk ‘N Text in exchange for Jared Dillinger after a season with Barako Bull. He was recently moved to Air21 Express in exchange for Nio Canaleta, along with Eliud Poligrates and a 2016 first-round selection, right before the end of the 2013–14 PBA Philippine Cup elimination round.
In a three way deal involving NLEX Road Warriors and Blackwater Elite, he was traded to Meralco Bolts on September 12, 2014. NLEX acquired Blackwater’s 2016 and 2017 2nd round picks, as well as Juneric Baloria’s draft rights. Sunday Salvacion and Jason Ballesteros were sent to Blackwater.
Anthony was dealt by the Meralco Bolts to the Mahindra Enforcer for 2016 and 2017 2nd round picks on September 30, 2015, and then to the NLEX Road Warriors for Juneric Baloria and a 2016 2nd round pick on September 30, 2015. Anthony scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds in a 93 – 85 win over his former team, the Barako Bull, on October 28, 2015. He scored a career high 32 points in a game against TNT.
Anthony was chosen to the PBA Mythical Second Team on October 14, 2016, as part of the PBA Leo Awards Night.
Anthony was traded to the Globalport Batang Pier in a four-team transaction for draft picks during the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup. He scored 18 points on his Globalport debut. In a win over NLEX in the 2019 Philippine Cup, he recorded 7 steals to go with his 22 points and 9 rebounds. He was chosen to the Mythical First Team and won Defensive Player of the Year that season. He had a triple double against Phoenix during the 2020 PBA season.
On November 5, 2021, he and Sean Manganti were moved to the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters in exchange for Vic Manuel and Michael Calisaan.