GOOD news, Alaska Aces fans.
Surgery won't be required to repair a hairline tear and floating bone spurs on Calvin Abueva’s left knee, according to Chinese doctors who have examined the Alaska rookie sensation along with teammates Sonny Thoss and Gabby Espinas in Beijing, China.
The three Alaska stars flew on Wednesday to Beijing to seek an alternative form of treatment for their injuries from Chinese doctors who, according to Alaska team doctor Facundo Sun, no longer found it necessary to put Abueva under the knife.
“Makukuha na raw sa pure medication and conservative treatment,” Sun told Spin.ph. “Of course sasalang siya sa masusing therapy and accupuncture.”
Sun also bared that the result of the MRI scan done on the Pampanga-born sensation's left knee supported the earlier findings by Filipino doctors last month that the hairline tear on Abueva's MCL can be healed through therapy and rest.
“Nakita na rin nila yung (hairline) punit sa MCL niya, again it’s not (even) a partial tear,” said the Alaska team physician.
Like Abueva's, the injuries of Thoss and Espinas won't require surgery in China. Thoss is hoping to address a “three-inch lag” on his left knee while Espinas is trying to find a cure for his chronic back injury.
The three Alaska starters will stay in China for two weeks before joining the rest of the team on July 15 in their trip to Disneyland in Los Angeles, a bonus given by team owner Wilfred Uytengsu to the team for their Commissioner’s Cup title conquest.
Meanwhile, seven Alaska players will be sent by the team to a 10-day training camp at the Impact Basketball center in Las Vegas, Nevada run by well-known trainer Joe Abunassar - same man who handles the training of NBA players and Euroleague professionals.
The players bound for Vegas are RJ Jazul, Espinas, Raphi Reyes, Sam Eman, Dondon Hontiveros, Paolo Bugia and Aldrech Ramos.
Abueva, Thoss, JV Casio and Cyrus Baguio, will not take part in the training.