Gilas-PH ‘better off sans injured Abueva’


Alaska coach Luigi Trillo has likened Calvin Abueva’s injured right knee to a punctured tire that’s ready to give out any moment.

In short, the newest PBA champion coach believes that the Gilas-Pilipinas national team will be better off without the prized rookie.

Trillo said Abueva needs surgery to his right knee “to clean up a tear,” and that Alaska’s 6-foot-1 bundle of energy could be sidelined any moment once the knee acts up.

“Will a not-100-percent-Calvin be of help?” Trillo said the Inquirer over the phone when asked about Alaska’s position on its willingness to lend Abueva to the national pool.”

Said Alaska team doctor Facundo Sun: “He’s had that problem since March, a partial tear of the patella. It was just something that we tried to manage medically. But now, after the last two games (of the Finals), masakit na ulit.”

Trillo, team owner Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and the rest of coaching staff and management were set to meet last night to discuss the issue before talking with Gilas coach Chot Reyes.

“That surgery on Calvin has been scheduled as early as the elimination round (of the Commissioner’s Cup) and he needs it badly,” Trillo said.

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  • etomacq

    Alaska is saving Abueva and Thoss for the PBA All Filipino cup..

    Gilas team needs a slasher like Abueva who could fill the position of Dillinger.

    Anyways, all the players that I wanted in the national team were chosen by Chot.

    Good job Coach!

    Good luck GILAS PILIPINAS!

  • wawa2172

    Hmm marami yatang haters ang Alaska dito but its Abueva’s doctors who should decide. If the torn in his knee is career threatening and needs operation then so be it. Maraming magagaling na players sa PBA who could fit in with the Gilas team. Besides we could no longer be the best in Asia. Sobrang lakas nang South Korea and China who relied on pure breed nationals unlike the hybrid PH. I love playing basketball but PBA is just a national pastime at di na pang international where height matters.

  • epros

    Karma kayo dyan !!!!!

  • Boboyboi

    Haha! Sinong niloko nyo Trillo?! Kita naman nung finals walang iniinda si Abueva, sabay ngayon may injury since march pa?! Ungasis ka!

    Palitan nyo na slogan nyo, “Wala pa rin mas dadamot sa Alaska!” na dapat!

  • wafu

    Parati naman ganyan ang Alaska lol

  • ting0508

    This Trillo is to say the least unpatriotic. Don’t worry Trillo you will never a PBA championship again! You suck!

  • Ronnie Pascual

    “United we stand, divided we fall”. Lets us boycott the products of PBA teams who will not lend their players for national cause.

  • Jeffrey Hernandez

    nakoww..alam na..nagdadamot na naman alaska. anyway oks lang naman yan, baka mapaaway pa gilas pag nandyan si abueva.

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