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Laput keber kahit hindi 1st rounder

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Kahit na nakaranas ng injury noon, patuloy lang na lumalaban si Filipino-Australian cager James Laput na isa sa matunog para sa 2021 PBA Rookie Draft.

Isa ang former one-and-done DLSU Green Archer sa nag-aasam na makapasok sa PBA kasama pa ang 97 Draft aspirants, at kahit na matunog na pasok sa first-round pick, keber lang sa kanya na hindi ito mapili sa unang hugutan.

Ibinahagi ng 24-year-old, 6-foot-10 slotman sa Abante Sportalakan nina Sarah Jireh Asido at Cyreel Zarate nitong Lunes, na nakaranas siya dati ng spine injury pero hangga’t kaya ng katawan niya’y patuloy aniya siyang magbabasketbol.

“For me if I can still walk, if I can still move my body and that in a sense is a blessing from God. It took a lot of courage, a lot of rehab, a lot of days of just longing to play and not being able to do anything,” esplika ni Laput. “The PTs wouldn’t even let me jog, they wouldn’t even let me lift the smallest (barbell) plate, they wouldn’t even let me dribble a ball,”

“For myself, I continue to play ball, I continue to hoop and play basketball because I told myself that I’m going to retire from the game of basketball when my body no longer can do it anymore. And when I say no longer, I’m saying like I can’t run up and down the court anymore. So, until that happens, I’m gonna still use my body for what I can and play ball.” saad pa ng Perth native. (Janiel Abby Toralba)

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