JIWAN Kim bared a knee injury kept him sidelined in the crucial moment of Barangay Ginebra’s 114-108 loss to Alaska in their PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinal matchup on Friday night.
The Gin Kings’ Asian import, one of the heroes in their 110-107 win over NLEX in their final elimination-round game last Wednesday, played less than 12 minutes where he scored five points on 2-of-3 shooting against the Aces.
“It’s very disappointing that we lost,” Kim said through an interpreter. “I tried to go as hard as I could in the first half, but in the second half my knee (injury) was really serious so I couldn’t really help the team.”
After playing 10 minutes in the first two quarters, Kim came back at the five-minute, 21-second mark of the third period, only to leave at the 3:48 mark, never to return again as he claimed there was pressure on the IT band on his right knee.
“There has been quite some pain in knee, not just today. It just got worse,” said the Korean gunner, who also battled through colds and flu in the game against the Road Warriors.
That's why he asked coach Frankie Lim to sit him instead.
“I really thought about it a lot when I was sitting on the bench,” Kim said. “I was trying to figure out what was wrong with my body. But I really felt like whenever I was going to be on the floor, I couldn’t help the team a lot and be at my full strength.”
“And it’s a really big game, so I thought that I would sit out and let others play, because I don’t want to be the cause of (defeat),” he added. “It was really painful that I couldn’t be with the team, but I really had serious pain.”
He later apologized and gave gratitude to the Gin Kings’ legion of supporters.
“I want to thank the great fans of Ginebra. I won’t forget them.”