Knights Assistant Coach LA Tenorio Diagnosed with Stage Three Colon Cancer

By: Romwel Anzures
March 21, 2023

Assistant Coach of the Letran Knights, LA Tenorio standing proud during the Letran Knights Pep Rally. Photo courtesy of The LANCE.

Letran Knights assistant coach LA Tenorio announced on Tuesday through the Philippine Basketball Association that he was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer, which was the reason why he was ruled out of the season-ending Governors' Cup.

"I would like to issue a statement about my health status by firstly apologizing to my teammates, some coaches, the PBA, the fans, the media and even some friends. As most of you are aware I have been nursing a minor injury since the Finals last January. I used that as the reason for my sudden absence. My sincerest apologies to all.

With my profession in sports tied in health and entertainment, it will be very difficult to keep the real reason a secret any longer and will only lead to unnecessary gossips, fake news & misinterpretations."

The PBA's Iron Man and Ginebra superstar explained that his condition was the basis of why his streak of 744 straight PBA games, not including his stint with the National Team, has ended. He also said that he is not retiring and is believing that he will be able to lace his kicks once again. "I was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. The initial testing three weeks ago led me to instantly miss practices and games. I have completed my surgery last week and will soon undergo treatment for the next few months.

I have given not only 17 full years to the PBA, but have dedicated my whole life to basketball. I have committed my body and health for the love of the game. It has been my passion and love. Sadly, there are things beyond one's control. But with my FAITH, I am lifting everything to God now and I believe there is a higher purpose as I go through this part of my life. I am not yet retiring from the game I love, and with the help of the best doctors in the Philippines and Singapore, I BELIEVE i can touch a basketball once more and return stronger."

The Gilas mainstay also sent his appreciation to everyone who has supported him throughout his legendary career.

"Lastly, to all, as much as I greatly appreciate everyone's well-wishes and messages of support and prayers - for my children's well-being, in this social media and internet era, I am humbly asking everyone's respect for my family to go through this journey privately and discreetly as much as possible. Together with my family and loved ones, you are all my strength, inspiration and what drives me to be the best person I can ever be, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I will see everyone very, very soon.

Thank you and God bless."