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No Lassiter for Gilas in FIBA World Cup

MANILA, Philippines – Marcio Lassiter will not see action for Gilas Pilipinas in the upcoming FIBA World Cup as he continues to nurse the medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain on his left knee. 

Sustaining the injury during a PBA playoff game last July 24, the San Miguel sharpshooter was anticipated to be sidelined for at least 6 weeks and return to action only on the first week of September. 

But with the global hoops showdown kicking off on August 31, Lassiter admitted he is far from the form he needs to achieve. 

"Not where it needs to be," he said when asked about his knee after the national team pulled off a 92-83 win over the visiting Adelaide 36ers on Wednesday, August 23. 

"I know the type of game I play, I know the two-way player I am. It's at the beginning stages of rehab and it's something that on a feel, it's not the way I like it to feel." 

"I don't know how to describe it. The feel is off. It's not stable. That's just going to take time," he added.  

Yeng Guiao bared the development on Friday after weeks of keeping his hopes up that Lassiter can return just in time for the World Cup .

And the 32-year-old could not hide his frustration considering he would have been a big help for a team that would greatly benefit from his outside shooting and veteran presence.  

"Very disappointed. Knowing that when I started Gilas the second time around, I knew that if we have a chance to kind of be in this position, I want to be there," Lassiter said. 

"I worked hard to train my body and do the things that I can necessary [to get better]. It hurts more than anything. I had a freak accident in the air and it landed wrong. It wasn’t nothing I could have done."

"When I got hurt, I didn't want to get hurt, but it happened. The road to recovery is just going to be a process. It's not something that I don't want to force, but at the same time, I know that if it's doable, I'm going to go out there." 

Lassiter, though, vowed that his injury will not get in the way of him supporting Gilas. 

"I'll always be there cheering, supporting, and making sure that I can always help in other ways," he said. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.

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