One of Indonesia’s most decorated basketball players, has recently decided to hang it up, calling it quits after 15 years of professional and international play.
Not many players can say they have had a career spanning 15 successful years; an even smaller number can claim they brought honor to their home country in various international competitions.
After all is said and done, legendary Indonesian point guard Mario Wuysang walks away from the game of basketball with four professional league championships, an MVP award, and eight silver medals (and one bronze) from international competitions.
“It feels gratifying. I’m thankful to have been able to play at a high level, injury-free, for my whole career. I have been very blessed,” shared Wuysang, who won his first two championships with Aspac Jakarta in the Indonesian Basketball League (formerly the NBL) when he joined the team in 2003 after attending Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indiana.
Wuysang had to wait seven years before he was part of another championship team, but he claims this one to be one of his fondest because of the adversity they had to face. As part of the Indonesia Warriors (Satria Muda) in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), they overcame a heavily-favored San Miguel Beermen team from regional powerhouse, the Philippines, to win the 2012 Championship. He later joined the CLS Knights Surabaya, where he captured his fourth title.
After the Knights moved from the IBL to the ABL in 2017, the now 39-year-old Wuysang saw it fitting to end his career back in the league where he was able to grow into the court leader he will always be remembered for, even though his final season ended on less-favorable circumstances.
“I have always said I love playing in the ABL. If it was up to me, I would’ve played there my whole career. My last season obviously didn’t go the way I would have liked, not making the playoffs and competing for a championship is still a hard pill to swallow for me.”
The Knights missed the ABL postseason after various injuries to key players and rumored turmoil within the team, but Wuysang still had a year to remember after surpassing 1000-career points in the league in addition to winning silver medals for Timnas Indonesia at the 2017 SEABA Championships and Southeast Asian Games.
“I’m okay with walking away from the Indonesian National Team competitions,” expressed Wuysang. “I have played with the national team for my entire 15-year pro career. Would it have been a nice send off to play in the Asian Games in Jakarta? Yes. But things happen for a reason and I have always trusted that.”
The long-time national team court general said he will still always be behind his Timnas Indonesia brothers: “As far as support, I’m here for any of my guys if they need it. I’ll always be updated on how they are doing one way or another. I wish them the best always.”
Uncle Roe, as he is fondly referred to by his fans, wants everybody to know that he has no regrets and he gratefully leaves the game he loves. Retiring as Indonesia’s best point guard of all time doesn’t sound half bad either.
“As you get older, you understand that in life, there are things out of your control and you just have to keep on going no matter what. Do not look back on the negative, but instead, be thankful for everything that I have been blessed with,” he added.
“I know I left it all out there, every game for the past 15 years. I just hope I was able to inspire some people in the process.”
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