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Paul Desiderio ruptures ACL days before PBA Season 47 tip-off

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Paul Desiderio ruptures ACL days before PBA Season 47 tip-off

ONE YEAR ROBBED. Blackwater guard Paul Desiderio will be forced to sit out a year after suffering an ACL tear

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Blackwater guard Paul Desiderio says he will 'need to leave basketball for a year' after suffering an ACL tear just five days before the start of the PBA Season 47 Philippine Cup

MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater Bossing guard Paul Desiderio revealed that he has suffered an ACL tear on Tuesday, May 31, just five days before the PBA Season 47 Philippine Cup tips off.

The 25-year-old confirmed his fans’ worst fears a day after videos of him circulated online where he was seen slipping and writhing in pain during a Blackwater tuneup game against the TNT Tropang Giga.

“Today, I was told I tore my ACL and would have to undergo operation next week. This means I would need to leave basketball for a year,” Desiderio said in a statement. “Basketball has always been a huge part of me and taking this break was unexpected as it is painful to share with everyone.”

“This experience has humbled me and will keep me grounded as I promise to use this time to get better every day, and come back stronger,” he continued after thanking his family, friends, and fans for their support.

Desiderio was an integral part of a struggling Blackwater side that only won one game across two Season 46 conferences.

He had his best scoring season yet as a pro baller in the 2021 Governors’ Cup, where he averaged 7.4 points on 36% shooting and 30% from three, plus 2.3 rebounds, and 0.7 steals in just a shade under 20 minutes per game.

Desiderio’s injury comes at a bad time for his up-and-down PBA career, as he signed a one-year extension last January which will run out before he is fully healed. – Rappler.com