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Ever since taking Asia by storm in 2013, Jayson Castro of the Philippines has been hailed as the best point guard in Asia. He was named to the All-Star Five of both the 2013 and 2015 editions of the FIBA Asia Championship and has held his own on the world stage against NBA-caliber talents like JJ Barea and Tony Parker.
The Filipino superstar known as The Blur, however, isn't getting any younger (he turns 31 in June). In fact, he earlier announced his retirement from international basketball after the Philippines were eliminated in the FIBA OQT 2016 in Manila, but he returned to the Gilas Pilipinas national pool after former head coach Chot Reyes returned to the helm. Given Castro's age, though, the wear and tear he absorbs from the 11-month-long PBA season has taken a bit of a toll. A recent hamstring injury will actually sideline the Pampanga native for several weeks before he returns to on-court action, and he may not even be 100% when he does.