BIG man Moala Tautuaa is the latest to signify his intention to beg off from participating in the coming PBA All-Star festivities.
The year’s top draft pick hyper-extended his knee in TNT Katropa’s practice and was played sparingly by coach Jong Uichico in the Texters’ 101-95 win over NLEX in the PBA Governors Cup Wednesday night.
The rookie didn’t directly say he’ll be skipping the slam dunk contest, but hinted about using the All-Star break to rest his hurting knee.
“I don’t know. It’s something that I still have to feel,” said the 27-year-old Fil-Tongan, who only saw action for six minutes in the Texters’ fourth straight win in the season-ending tournament.
“Coach is resting me for a reason. I have to take care of myself. I want to (join), but we have to see.”
If ever Tautuaa would be the second player who will skip one of the side events of this year’s All-Star spectacle.
Chris Ellis of Ginebra earlier asked that his name be stricken off the list of participants after suffering a pulled groin in the Kings’ game against NLEX last week. He was subsequently replaced by rookie free-agent Franklin Bonifacio.
The others seeing action include defending champion Rey Guevarra of Meralco, James Forrester of NLEX, and Chris Newsome also of the Bolts.