Hurting Mo Tautuaa doubtful for slam dunk contest of PBA All-Star festivities
Mo Tautuaa hyperextended his knee in practice on Monday. Jaime Campos

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.”

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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.

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