Former Rookie of the Year Rabeh Al-Hussaini’s career in limbo, goes AWOL with Meralco

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Rabeh Al-Hussaini is once considered as the future of the Philippine Basketball Association.

But it seems that his career is in limbo after earning the 2010-2011 Rookie of the Year award in his tenure with the Air 21 Express which made him the second overall pick after leading the Ateneo Blue Eagles to back-to-back titles in his college days.

And that award might already be a thing of the past after Al-Hussaini is not even in the rotation of Meralco’s coach Ryan Gregorio.

Where is Rabeh?

“None, zero, nil, nada.”

That was Gregorio’s response when asked whether the team had heard back from troubled center Al-Hussaini who has gone missing in action since asking for a short break from the squad.

Gregorio earlier granted Al-Hussaini a permission to take a 10-day leave to go to Kuwait to attend to personal matters, but has now been away for three weeks.

The Bolts surely need the 6-7 center after an awful start in the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup with four straight losses to start the tournament.

But Gregorio said he is devoting all his attention to the players on his team, leaving management to deal with Al-Hussaini.

The Bolts even replace NBA veteran import Terrence Williams with former import Mario West to save their campaign in the season-ending tournament.

“Team manager Butch Antonio is now looking into legal options. I delegated that specific function to him while I focus on preparing our team to compete without him,” said Gregorio.

The journeyman Al-Hussaini is in his 4th season in the league having played for Air21, San Miguel/Petron, the now defunct Powerade, GlobalPort, Talk ‘N Text and now Meralco.

He is averaging 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in his short career in the league.

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