JUST like injured big man Kerby Raymundo, Meralco management is also taking a wait-and-see approach on the status of the former Letran star, who’s still uncertain on whether to push for a comeback in the PBA or simply hang his jersey.
“Right now, that’s his (Raymundo) decision,” Meralco team manager Butch Antonio said of the 6-foot-5 veteran, who is choosing between undergoing yet another knee surgery in the United States or simply retiring this season.
“Initiative na muna niya iyun (surgery). Kami naman, tinitingnan namin ang extent ng injury niya because the MRI (magnetic resonance imagine) report showed his injury has something to do with the cartilage on his knee,” Antonio said.
Raymundo, who chose not to sign a contract with Meralco for the moment until he becomes fully healthy, has yet to make a final decision on the matter.
“Pinag-iisipan ko pa talaga kung magpapa-opera,” said the 10-time All-Star forward, who turns 33 on Sunday.
In the event Raymundo opts to undergo surgery, he will have to shell out around P4.5 million since he wants the operation to be done by doctors in Los Angeles.
Originally diagnosed as a mere bone bruise, the injury turned out to be a lot more serious when Raymundo had his knee checked in the US last November. The injury was the same one that sidelined New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudamire for a long period.
Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio said based on the MRI report, Raymundo, acquired by the Bolts in a one-on-one trade for Jay-R Reyes prior to the season, has no other recourse but to undergo surgery to ensure his left knee will heal.
“At this point kasi, he really needs an operation. It’s (left knee) swelling eh. It’s something that has affected his movement,” said Gregorio.