MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater Elite will be able to do without its cornerstone Mac Belo when it comes into action in the upcoming PBA Philippine Cup.
The 6-foot-4 striker will miss a month or two to recover from knee surgery, according to head coach Nash Racela.
"He removed some" loose bodies "from the knee," the new elite mentor told investigators on Thursday during the 2020 PBA media day in Okada, Parañaque.
"It's something he could do most of the time. But Mac says that whenever it hurts, it hurts really bad," added Racela.
Belo was entered into a three-year contract last November shortly after a dizzying series of trades made by Mike DiGregorio, Alone Maliksi, Raymar Jose, and Bobby Ray Parks Jr.
The 27-year-old former Gilas cadet is one of the many prominent tall men who had to retire due to an injury.
Raymond Almazan of Meralco will not be back until April, Marc Pingris of Magnolia has not yet fully recovered, while the heart of San Miguel Beer and the current most valuable player June Mar Fajardo could be out for the season.
"At the moment we would have to rely on Maurice (Shaw)," Racela said of his burly newcomer, who stands at 6-foot-9. "I think we'll make it by then.
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