The cornerstone of the Barangay Ginebra returns, as 17-year Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) veteran L.A. Tenorio has been declared cancer-free. Current Gilas Pilipinas Interim Head Coach Tim Cone addressed the media regarding the recovery of his fellow star cager-turned-assistant coach for the Nationals, who received the green light to practice with his local club “within days.”
“His last PET (positron emission tomography) scan he took today in Singapore, it’s cancer-free…He’s finished with all of his chemo sessions, he’s been declared cancer-free, and they told him that within days, he can start practicing. In three or four days, he can return to practice,” Cone mentioned to the media following a press conference at the PBA office last Tuesday, September 19, 2023.
Dubbed the league’s “Iron Man” through competing in 744 consecutive games since his debut, the 38-year-old future Hall-of-Famer was crucial to the Gin Kings’ successful 2022 Commissioner’s Cup campaign, though incurred a decline in minutes due to persistent groin inconvenience. Tenorio revealed in March of 2023 that the pain resulted in Stage 3 colon cancer and that he had been committed to chemotherapy procedures before the news of his clearance surfaced.
Tinyete (lieutenant) has yet to make an official statement on his recovery.