230-pound Abdul still searching for old self

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 09, 2015 09:20 PM
230-pound Abdul still searching for old self
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING REAL. Karim Abdul is quick to admit that he isn't his old self thus far in the season.

While University of Sto. Tomas is one of only two remaining undefeated teams early in the 78th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament, they are yet to receive the usual contributions of stalwart Karim Abdul.

Through the Growling Tigers back-to-back wins to open the season, it has been Ed Daquioag and Kevin Ferrer who have done the heavy lifting. Meanwhile, their Cameroonian reinforcement is only averaging 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Head coach Bong Dela Cruz was first to reveal that UST’s man in the middle is yet to fully recover from the knee surgery he underwent in the summer. “Karim’s not yet 100 percent, but he’s working every day and he’ll be okay,” he said.

For his part, the Cameroonian shared that his heavier weight is indeed affecting his game. From the ideal weight of 220 lbs a season ago, he ballooned to 250 lbs right after the operation to remove the bone spurs in both his knees.

The good news for the Tigers is that Abdul has already shed weight and is running at 230 lbs as of the moment. Still, he said he still needs to lose 10 to 15 lbs to feel like his old, dominant self.

That is exactly why even though he hasn’t exactly been productive, the UST big has been pleading Dela Cruz to keep him on the court. “I lose weight when I’m running. It’s just like practice during the game,” he said while laughing.

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