MANILA – Columbian Dyip was dealt with a huge blow early in the 2019 Honda PBA Philippine Cup with star guard Jerramy King missing at least three months due to a knee injury.
King, a transferee from the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, sustained a slight tear to the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will likely end his Philippine Cup campaign for the upstart Dyip.
The Filipino-American guard sustained the injury in the second quarter of the Dyip’s 124-118 upset over the defending champions San Miguel Beermen a week ago. He still finished the match with seven points and eight rebounds.
“I went for a layup on Chris Ross and I fell down. My adrenaline helped me to play through the game but after the game I wasn’t able to walk anymore. So I went to the doctor and that’s what they told me,” King said.
The 6’0 guard was one of the leading local scorers for the Dyip last season and is a strong candidate for Most Improved Player with averages of 14.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.
Despite possibility of returning in the Commissioner’s Cup, King is still relieved that he avoided a much more devastating knee injury, one which may sideline him for the rest of the year-long season.
“No previous injury like this. I think I got lucky. It’s not that bad. 2-3 months is okay,” King said. “I’ve heard a lot worse like ACL. I’m just glad it’s my PCL.”
“You know, everything’s in God’s hands and if this is the position I needed to be in, I just try to stay positive and come back stronger,” he added./PN