Kerby Raymundo is far from being a has-been, as what some may contend.
The 32-year-old proved this by flashing his old lethal form now that Barangay Ginebra needs it most in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup to earn for himself the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honors for the extended period April 22 to 29.
The 6-6 forward played a big role in the Kings’ semifinals seat-clinching win over Rain or Shine and continued doing so in the perennial crowd darlings’ Final Four duel with another favorite, Talk N Text.
As proof, Raymundo’s averages have seen a steady climb from just 7.33 points and 4.5 rebounds in the eliminations to 13.5 and 7.5 in the quarterfinals and 15.5 and 8.0 in the semis.
Being the most experienced among Ginebra’s big men due to the sidelining of Billy Mamaril, Rudy Hatfield and Rico Maierhofer to injuries, Raymundo also saw his minutes rise from 14.3 in the eliminations to 29.5 in the quarters and 34 in the semis.
Those sterling efforts drew the most praise from coach Alfrancis Chua. “Mayroon diyang nagsasabing over the hill na si Kerby, pero ipinapakita niyang far from over siya,” the mentor said Chua.