BARANGAY Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio rates his chances of playing for the Smart Gilas 2.0 national team early next year at 50-50 at this point due to a right elbow injury he had been nursing since his time with Alaska.
The 5-8 guard told Spin.ph that he played through the injury during his stint with Gilas early this year as well as in the PBA Philippine Cup, where the Gin Kings saw their championship bid end after losing their quarterfinals series to Rain or Shine, 1-2, on Sunday.
“Pupunta ako sa Friday, pero magpapakita lang. Kailangan ko rin kasi ipahinga yung right elbow ko,” Tenorio said.
“Matagal na itong injury na ito, nung nasa Alaska pa ako. Kakausapin ko muna si Dr. (George) Canlas para tanungin ko kung puwede bang operahan na lang at the end of the season, or kailangan lang ng pahinga,” he added.
Tenorio said he hyper-extended his elbow last season while playing for the Aces and has felt pain in the area from time to time.
“Sabi nuon sa akin, parang may kailangang tanggalin na buto na humaharang, so ngayon, kung sinabi niya para di mabugbog, ipapahinga ko na muna,” explained the 28-year-old former Ateneo star.
The fourth overall pick in the 2006 PBA draft played in Gilas 2.0’s two most recent international tournaments – the Williams Jones Cup where the national squad won the championship, followed by a fourth-place finish in the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo, Japan.
Smart Gilas 2.0 national coach Chot Reyes is hoping that players he invited to join the December 21 practice will show up to join the cadet pool led by Greg Slaughter, Garvo Lanete, Nico Salva, Kiefer Ravena, Matt Rosser, Jake Pascual, and Kevin Alas.
The national squad will play its first international tournament for 2013 in the Dubai International championships scheduled from January 10-20.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud has pledged to lend to Gilas the players from the six teams that failed to make it to the ongoing Philippine Cup semifinals.