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    Injured Mac Belo shows commitment to Gilas cause by showing up in practice

    Apr 17, 2017
    Mac Belo chats with Gilas veteran Jayson Castro at the end of practice. Jerome Ascano

    PROOF he's committed to the Gilas cause, Mac Belo showed up in the national team's practice on Monday night, less than two weeks sincw undergoing a procedure on his injured knee.

    Belo quietly sat on the sidelines of Kerry Sports Manila-Shangrila Hotel along with Arnold Van Opstal and LA Revilla and watched as the team went through its regular drills and five-on-five practices on the second week of its daily training.

    The Gilas cadet said he's feeling fine now after undergoing surgery last April 6 to repair the meniscus tear on his knee.

    He said he has began undergoing therapy.

    "More than one month akong pahinga," he said, while showing SPIN.ph his recently repaired knee.

    Belo said the procedured lasted only 25 minutes, which he was even allowed to watch.

    "Pinapanood pa nga sa akin," he recalled. "Matagal lang talaga yung anesthesia. Nakakangawit."

    The former Far Easter University King Tamaraw said he'll definitely be out of Gilas' campaign in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship, but could still suit up for Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, especially if the Elite make it to the playoffs.


    "Pwedeng makahabol sa final game ng conference," he said. "Pero siyempre depende din sa clearance ng doctor."

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    For now, Belo said he'll just watch Gilas in its daily practices as he recovers from his knee injury. It's something that's for his own good.

    "Marami ka rin namang matututunan kahit nanonood ka lang," the soft-spoken rookie said.

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    Mac Belo chats with Gilas veteran Jayson Castro at the end of practice. Jerome Ascano
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