Find out why Ginebra star Mark Caguioa refuses to undergo an MRI on banged-up hip: 'Scary'
Ginebra guard Mark Caguioa was originally scheduled for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan on his left hip, but he decided not to push through with it. Jerome Ascano

IF it is entirely Mark Caguioa's call, there is no way he is skipping the PBA All-Star game in Puerto Princesa, Palawan next week despite a left hip injury.

The former league MVP stressed he doesn’t want to disappoint fans who voted him to be a starter for the North All-Stars.

“I want to go (to Palawan) and I think kaya ko naman eh, though unang-una talaga, yung health ko muna because there’s no problem for me going there,” Caguioa told on Saturday.

“The reason why I’m there (at the All-Star) is because of them (fans). They voted me so it means they want to see me and I have to do that.”

Caguioa hurt his hip in Ginebra’s 89-82 win over Blackwater in a PBA Commissioner’s Cup encounter Wednesday. The high-scoring guard skipped Saturday’s practice on the advise of team doctors so as not to aggravate his injury.

“Rest lang ang kailangan and it will get better hopefully, because I don’t want anything serious other than that,” he said.

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He was originally scheduled for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan on his left hip, but Caguioa decided not to push through with it.

“Me personally, I don’t want (to undergo) MRI because the last time I had MRI, I had fracture sa eye ko and that was scary to find out,” revealed Caguioa, referring to a fractured right orbital socket he sustained almost three years ago.

“I know the right thing to do is go for an MRI but I’m just scared. That’s all.”

Caguioa hurt his left hip after colliding with Blackwater rookie guard Brian Heruela midway through the fourth period. He requested to be taken out of the game shortly.

The 35-year-old Ginebra gunner said there’s no definite timetable on when he can rejoin the team practice, though he hopes to resume training by next week if he’ll be given the green light.

“I wanna practice today (Saturday) pero baka daw ma-irritate lalo so I just rested muna. Pero sana makasama ako (in the succeeding days) because I hate sitting around,” he added.

In the 2013 edition of the All-Star game in Digos, Davao, Caguioa decided to play at the eleventh hour despite nursing an MCL (medial colateral ligament) sprain on his knee.

He played just six minutes as the PBA All-Star and Gilas Pilipinas ended the exhibition match in a stalemate, 124-all.


Meanwhile, league media bureau chief Willy Marcial said should Caguioa decide to skip the All-Star festivities, they will simply find a replacement for him.

“Sinabihan kami ni (Ginebra team manager) Alfrancis (Chua) na iika-ika nga daw si Mark so baka hindi makalaro. Pero hahanapan na lang siya ng kapalit kung sakali,” said Marcial, who also serves as special assistant to Commissioner Chito Salud.

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