IT seems injuries are mounting just when Gilas Pilipinas is about to enter the crucial stage of its preparations for the coming Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT).
While coming off fresh from a successful championship campaign with Rain or Shine in the recently-concluded PBA Commissioner’s Cup, combo guard Paul Lee admitted he’s still nursing pain in the same left knee that kept him out of action for most of this season.
Lee said he’s just awaiting for the midseason tournament to finish before he’ll have it checked again by doctors.
The disclosure came just a day after big man Greg Slaughter and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser were officially ruled out of the Gilas training pool after suffering separate ankle injuries. The Tropang TNT big guard has already undergone operation procedures and is now recuperating, while the Ginebra prized center is scheduled to go under the knife.
Lee added that since the playoffs, the injured knee is being drained almost on a regular basis.
“Patanggal lang ng fluids, tapos ipapahinga lang ng konti then laro uli ako,” he related. “So pa-check uli ako after the conference. Di naman normal yung pinu-fluids yung tuhod mo, so ibig sabihin may problema pa rin.”
The Rain or Shine stalwart said he’ll not likely join Gilas in its scrimmages for the meantime, as he looks forward to getting a much needed rest following a gruelling playoffs that saw the Elasto Painters topple the Alaska Aces in six games to win their second league title in four years.
Lee disclosed he played through the pain for most of the best-of-seven title series despite the swelling on his injured knee.
“Kahit na may nararamdaman ako, kahit hindi 100 percent, tiniis ko na manalo sa series,” said the recipient of the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Finals MVP award.
Although he feels there’s still something wrong with his knee, Lee would rather not delve on the matter at the moment, especially with Rain or Shine having just won another championship and Gilas’ Olympic qualifier campaign just around the corner.
“Ako naman ayaw ko munang malaman y'ung problema na yun, So ayoko ng pumasok sa isip ko na meron na namang mali (sa tuhod ko),” Lee said.