FIBA: Recent injury gives Norwood new perspective on Gilas

Paul Lintag on Aug 18, 2019 05:37 AM
FIBA: Recent injury gives Norwood new perspective on Gilas
While being sidelined in Spain, Norwood got to see the Gilas team in a different light. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

Gilas Pilipinas’ 2019 FIBA World Cup team is already down one player as Marcio Lassiter suffered a knee injury in the PBA playoffs.

As the national team went to Spain for its training camp, veteran Gabe Norwood was sidelined with a groin injury.

Norwood missed all four games that Gilas played in Spain.

But back in Manila, Norwood says he’s better and is just taking a little more time to make sure he’s fully healed and ready to go for the World Championships in China.

“I actually feel a lot better. It's really just precautionary now,” Norwood said on his injury status.

“Probably in the next day or two I'll be back in the five-on-five and I should be good to go for the tune-up games [vs. Australia] and everything else moving forward,” he added.

While being sidelined in Spain, Norwood got to see the Gilas team in a different light.

A different perspective still definitely helped him and the national team for their World Cup prep.

“It was a different training camp for me. First time ever really being able to sit out. I think I've only missed three or four games even in the PBA my whole career. Just tried to learn as much as I could, be along with the coaching staff as much as I could in terms of just things we could work on,” Norwood said.

“It was actually good for me to see the game from a different angle. I think I was able to soak in as much as I could, look at everyone's strengths and weaknesses from a different vantage point. I think I had a good camp,” he added.

 

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