Paul Harris undergoes surgery, assured of full compensation by Ginebra management
Paul Harris is set to stick around while he recovers from  thumb injury. Jerome Ascano

PAUL Harris successfully underwent operation to repair the open fracture on his thumb which he suffered during Ginebra’s opening game in the PBA Governors Cup on Saturday against Globalport.

The good news for the 29-year-old Harris is all the ligaments in his right hand remained intact.

Even better news was the assurance made by San Miguel management that it will take care of all the financial obligations due the import, including his contract for the duration of the season-ending meet.

SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua said on Sunday he’s been given instruction by no less than San Miguel President/CEO Ramon S. Ang to extend all the necessary monetary help the company could offer on Harris.

“That was the order given me by my Boss (RSA),” said Chua. “Sabi niya he (Harris) can stay here until he’s well enough again. He has nothing to worry about (in terms of) expenses, be it medical or rental (for his apartment).”

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Does that cover too, even his playing contract with the Kings? Chua was asked.

“Yes, sinabi ni boss yun,” he stressed. “That’s how he cares for the welfare of his players.

“Everybody saw what happened. It was a freak accident. Hindi naman kasalanan nung import namin yun.” 

Chua, also the Ginebra team manager and board of governor, said the New York native went under the knife shortly after the Kings’ 93-84 win over the Batang Pier at the Mall of Asia Arena. He was discharged from the hospital the following day.

He hurt the thumb while trying to block the shot of Globalport’s Dominique Sutton in the final 61 seconds of the third period and the Batang Pier up, 61-60.

Chua said Harris’ return to action remains up in the air although the Kings are in need of an immediate replacement in time for the team’s game against Alaska on Sunday.

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He added everything will still be assessed before Ginebra makes a final decision on whether to stick with Harris or not.

“The important thing right now is for him to recuperate and recover well from the injury,” Chua added.

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