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Racela clueless on Shaw’s return

Bea Micaller

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The future of Maurice Shaw with Blackwater remains uncertain as he has yet to inform coach Nash Racela on the date of his return from the United States for the 46th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Racela said Shaw, the second overall pick in the recent PBA Rookie Draft, flew to the US last month to seek medical treatment on his back injury.

But up to now, the 36-year-old bruiser has yet to inform him on the date of his return, leaving Racela and the Bossing clueless on his situation.

“He went back to the States to recover from his injury,” Racela said.

“From what I’ve heard, he had second and third opinions there and was given programs on how to recuperate. Of course, we’re hoping that he will come back next season.”

Shaw had a very quiet rookie year.

The 6-foot-9 slotman spent his debut season at the sidelines as he was hounded with back spasm inside the quarantine bubble in Clark.

He played only three games posting forgettable averages of 1.67 points and 0.67 rebounds as the Bossing wound up a forgettable 2-9 win-loss record.

Racela admitted that Shaw was not in good health prior to the Philippine Cup, but he expects him to be ready for next season.

“The priority is his health,” Racela said.

“Before we think of something else, when he becomes healthy, I think that’s time we would start thinking about what we could get from him.”

Meanwhile, Racela added that they are working on the contracts of their players with only Shaw, Mac Belo, Don Trollano, Mike Tolomia, Roi Sumang and Paul Desiderio having existing pacts.

“Right now, nothing specific because we don’t have a first round pick and our earliest is a 14th pick,” he said.

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