Four superstars did not make it to the first day of Gilas practice in Tagaytay, based on reports.
Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar and San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, have been excused to rest, following their grueling Finals series in the Philippine Cup. GlobalPort Batang Pier guard Terrence Romeo has been sick for five days, while Star Hotshot Paul Lee has a knee issue, per SLAM PH contributor and Sports 5 analyst Carlo Pamintuan.
Pamintuan however added that Allein Maliksi has been tapped to replace Lee for the mini-camp.
Aguilar and Fajardo were excused to get more rest. Romeo has been sick for 5 days. Lee has a knee issue but Maliksi will be joining later.
— Carlo Pamintuan (@carlo_pamintuan) March 14, 2017
Maliksi averaged 16.5 points on 52.3 percent shooting, 47.1 percent from beyond arc, plus 3.5 rebounds during the elimination round of the Philippine Cup. His numbers dipped to 11.9 markers and 3.4 boards during the postseason.
Gilas is preparing for the 2017 SEABA Championship, set for May 12-18, with the tournament to be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. One slot for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup will be awarded to the event’s winner.