Cancer-free LA Tenorio cleared to join Gilas practices for Asian Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — LA Tenorio, who has been recently cleared free of cancer, is going back to the hardcourt as part of the Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff for the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China which will begin this weekend.

Tim Cone, Tenorio's coach in Barangay Ginebra and the interim Gilas head coach, said the veteran point guard is cleared to participate in team practices in the coming days.

"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," Cone said.

In an Instagram post, Tenorio confirmed that he won the bout against Stage 3 colon cancer which he revealed he was diagnosed last March.

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"My scan and last test results show no trace of cancer and that the treatment was effective. I am now in remission. Praise God! Now, I am returning to basketball. For my love of the game. This time with a higher purpose," the 39-year-old cager said.

Tenorio helped Ginebra capture the PBA 2022 Commissioner’s Cup before taking a backseat at the rotation in the Governors’ Cup and eventually snapping his “Iron Man” streak of 744 straight games played.

Tenorio joins Richard del Rosario, Jong Uichico, and Josh Reyes in Cone's coaching staff for the Asian Games which tips off on Sept. 26.