INJURED Meralco forward Kerby Raymundo has given himself until January 15 to decide on whether to continue pushing for a PBA comeback or hang up his jersey.
The veteran Raymundo, who chose not to sign a contract with Meralco for the moment, has yet to play a single game for the Bolts since he was traded by the Barangay Ginebra Kings during the offseason in exchange for fellow slotman Jay-R Reyes.
The 10-time PBA All-Star has been sidelined by a complicated knee injury since the start of the Governors Cup of last season while he was still playing for the Gin Kings - an injury which would cost Raymundo around P4.5 million of his own money if he opts to undergo surgery in the US.
They Said It!
“Yun talaga ang plano na hanggang January 15 before ako mag-decide. Siyempre, malaki-laki din kasi ang gagastusin ko, mga P4.5 million, kaya ipagpe-pray ko pa muna siya." - Injured PBA player Kerby Raymundo
“Yun talaga ang plano na hanggang January 15 before ako mag-decide," Raymundo told Spin.ph on Thursday. "Siyempre, malaki-laki din kasi ang gagastusin ko, mga P4.5 million, kaya ipagpe-pray ko pa muna siya.”
Originally diagnosed as a mere bone bruise, the injury turned out to be a lot more serious when the 6-5 forward flew to the US early last month to have his knee checked in Los Angeles. It turned out to be the same injury that sidelined New York Knicks big man Amare Stoudamire for a long time.
It he decides to undergo a surgery, Raymundo will have to sit out at least eight months.
“Marami naman silang mga athletes na inoperahan na successfully nakabalik sa LA. Si Amare (Stoudemire), (American doctors) din ang umopera pero sa New York," Raymundo said. "Pero kung ganun, ang target date pa ng balik ko is All-Filipino (conference) next year pa.”
For now, Raymundo is doing light exercises and basic therapy to keep himself in shape, though he has ruled himself out of playing even minimal minutes with the Bolts.
“Kasi kapag tumatalon ako or basta may pounding, sumasakit saka nagkaka-sweeling sa tuhod,” said the pride of Orion, Bataan, who won three PBA championships under current Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio at Purefoods.