THE PBA break may have benefitted injured players Raymond Almazan of Meralco and Blackwater's Mac Belo.
But it has its downside, too.
While the long rest following the outbreak of the pandemic allowed the two to properly heal their respective injuries, it also denied them the opportunity to complete their rehab program.
"Galing sa injury kaya medyo mahirap, wala ka kasing magawa sa bahay. Ang hirap ng naka-lockdown ka na, iniisip mo pa yung injury mo," said Almazan.
"Mahirap sa kalagayan ko second week na ng rehab ko tapos inabot ako ng ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine). Kaya ang hirap mano-mano," Belo said for his part.
Belo and Almazan were the latest to grace the PBA Kamustahan podcast where they joined Phoenix's Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra, and Vic Manuel of Alaska
Almazan went down with a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee during the finals of the Governors' Cup last January, while Belo underwent minor procedure on his injured left knee just before the season started.
The two could have been up and about now if not for the global outbreak of the pandemic.
The 27-year-old Belo was even forced to leave his condo unit in Manila and went to Pampanga in order for him to continue rehabilitating on his own.
"Ang hirap (kasi) walang mga gamit kaya naisipan ko umuwi ng Pampanga," he said. "Sa condo kasi hindi ako makagalaw. Ayun kahit paano, nakaka-pag workout naman ng maayos (dito). Humihingi na lang ako program sa mga PT (physical therapists) ko. Hopefully matapos na ito para makabalik na ulit."
Almazan is also doing his own thing recovering, but not enough like doing it on a regular fitness gym or clinic.
"More concern ko talaga yung leg ko. Gusto ko mag-fully heal muna siya bago ako mag-full workout," he said.
"Nagwo-workout ako every other day, more on leg talaga ako kasi gusto ko siyang palakasin para hindi maiwan," added the Meralco slotman. "Para makabalik, siguro tiis-tiis muna tayo ngayon." (RG)