It hurts more that I can’t be out there -- Lassiter
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 24, 2019 02:06 PM
It hurts more that I can’t be out there on the court right now. But I’ll always be there cheering, supporting and making sure that I can help in other ways -- Marcio Lassiter
Marcio Lassiter accepted the fact that he won’t be joining Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA World Cup.
The injured San Miguel Beer guard watched from the sideline on Friday as Gilas Pilipinas beat the Adelaide 36ers, 92-83, in a tune up game at the Meralco gym.
After the match head coach Yeng Guiao bared that Lassiter won’t recover from a left knee injury in time for the World Cup slated on August 31 to September 15.
“It hurts more that I can’t be out there on the court right now,” said Lassiter, who sustained an MCL sprain during the Beermen’s championship run in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “But I’ll always be there cheering, supporting and making sure that I can help in other ways.”
Lassiter said that his injury came at a ‘bad time’.
“This is bad timing when I got hurt. I didn’t want to get hurt but it happened,” he said. “The road to recovery is gonna be a process.”
Lassiter added that what stung the most was that he prepared for the golden opportunity to represent the country in the world stage only to be bitten by the injury bug with just a few weeks before the China meet.
“I knew that we have a chance to be in this kind of position, and I want to be there. I worked hard to trim my body and do the things that I can necessary,” said Lassiter. “And it hurts more than anything.”
For now, Lassiter wants to focus on his rehab and get back in tiptop shape.
“It’s not the way I want it to feel,” he said. “I don’t know how to describe it but the feel is off. It’s not stable and that’s gonna take time.”“I’m just fortunate it wasn’t a surgery needed. I just have to continue to pray to God and trust the process of rehab and keep on grinding back,” Lassiter added.