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    Cardona debut with Air21 will have to wait after suffering sprained MCL in practice

    Nov 15, 2013
    “Sayang nga eh. Basa kasi `yung sahig, may wet spot sa sahig nung practice,” says Macmac Cardona of the injury that will likely keep him out for four weeks. Jerome Ascano

    MARK Cardona’s Air21 debut will have to wait for a while as the newly-acquired guard suffered a sprained MCL (media collateral ligament) on his left knee that could sideline him for as long as four weeks.

    The 6-foot-1 Cardona slipped on a wet spot during the tailend of the Express’ practice on Monday at the Gatorade Hoops Center, according to coach Franz Pumaren who described the unfortunate event as a “freak” accident.

    Iornically, Pumaren is also the owner of the Hoops Center.

    “Actually patapos na nga `yung practice eh nung madulas siya (Cardona). It was a freak accident,” Pumaren told Spin.ph on Friday with a tinge of regret.

    “Sayang, Macmac has already adjusted well with the team and has been playing well in tune-up games, then he got injured.”

    The Express mentor said Cardona's projected four-week absence will depend on his response to rehab at the moment.

    “Yes, he’s doing rehab right now pero sa ngayon, may contusion pa siya sa knee. Kailangan lang ipapa-baba `yung swelling,” he added.

    Cardona, who came over to Air21 from Meralco in a complicated three-team, multi-player trade last month, admitted looking forward to playing his first game with the Express, a team that has undergone roster changes in the offseason.

    “Sayang nga eh. Basa kasi `yung sahig, may wet spot sa sahig nung practice,” said Cardona, who just turned 32 this month. 

    The man known as `Captain Hook’ for his patented teardrop shot won’t be around when Air21 goes up against Barako Bull when the two teams make their November 20 debut at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the new PBA season.

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    Cardona, a one-time Best Player of the Conference and Finals MVP, averaged 12.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists for the Meralco Bolts last season.

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    “Sayang nga eh. Basa kasi `yung sahig, may wet spot sa sahig nung practice,” says Macmac Cardona of the injury that will likely keep him out for four weeks. Jerome Ascano
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