FEARING he may miss another game due to a swollen right knee, Marc Pingris said he is unable to get hold of a doctor to tell him what's wrong.
Blame it on the holidays.
The San Mig Super Coffee forward could only watch helplessly from the bench as his team got pulverized by the bigger Alaska Aces on Friday, 88-75, as he nursed a painful right knee.
The 6-5 Gilas Pilipinas star, who was in uniform but didn't play, said he managed to play through the pain in his knee during the team’s 83-80 overtime win over GlobalPort last week.
But the following day, he was forced to abandon practice after feeling a sharp pain in his right knee.
“Nung last game against GlobalPort, iniinda ko na eh pero di siya ganun kasakit. Kinabukasan, sumakit na nung nag-practice kami,” recounted the San Mig bruiser.
“Biglaan napahinto ako, so pina-MRI namin. Namamaga siya sa loob, eh wala namang doktor ngayon kasi nasa bakasyon lahat.”
Although desperate, Pingris managed to make light of his predicament as he called out on any orthopedic doctor available to tell him what's wrong with his knee and tell him what to do to make it well.
“Sana magpakita kayo mga doktor, nanawagan ako, kung sino makakarinig nito,” said a smiling Pingris said.
But on a serious note, Pingris said an initial reading of the MRI scan revealed that the swelling was causing the pain, even on simple movements like walking.
Pingris, who is averaging 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season, is hopeful that he can get hold of a doctor soon, saying he doesn’t want to skip another game.
“May nakita talagang maga. Eh ang gusto ko lang naman malaman eh kung anong workout ang pwede kong gawin," he said. "Sasabihin nga ng PT (physical therapist) na strengthening lang, pero iba pa rin yung bibigyan kami ng workout na puwede, kasi kung i-work out ko lang eh mamamaga uli.”