Aces revival, new role take Thoss' mind away from trade rumors
“I’m still finding my way and working with the guys. But also, I’m trying to be patient since I’ve been away for a while with the national team,” says Alaska big man Sonny Thoss. Jerome Ascano

A FOUR-game winning streak and a new role with Alaska has taken Sonny Thoss' mind away from the trade rumors that continue to swirl around him.

The 6-foot-7 Thoss admitted to Spin.ph that he has read about trade talks supposedly involving him, but he insisted his focus is on helping the Aces complete their resurgence in the PBA Philippine Cup after a woeful 2011-2012 campaign.

“I’ve read about it (trade),” said the 30-year-old Alaska center after the team practice at Hoops gym in Mandaluyong on the eve of Halloween. “But right now, my focus is to try to get better.

“I have one more year left in my contract. Let’s see what happens.”

Thoss spent much of the offseason as backup to naturalized player Marcus Douthit in Smart Gilas 2.0’s campaigns overseas, a stint which took him away from Alaska's buildup for the season and made him a little bit displaced in the Aces’ scheme of things under coach Luigi Trillo when he returned.

“I’m still finding my way and working with the guys. But also, I’m trying to be patient since I’ve been away for a while with the national team,” explained the German-Filipino, who averages 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Aces, figures that are below his double-double average from last season.

But while his numbers may be down, Thoss said he’s happy with his new role as Alaska’s defensive anchor.

With more offensive options this season following the acquisition of veteran shooter Dondon Hontiveros, JVee Casio, and rookie Calvin Abueva, Thoss feels he can better work on the defensive end and be relieved of the pressure of scoring more.

“Now, coach has asked me to set the tone on defense and help my teammates. Trying to help each other on the defensive end,” he said.

Trillo believes the trade rumor may have something to do with the public perception that as a veteran center, Thoss is supposed to dominate every game.

“Sonny is probably the most senior guy here in the team. And people think he has to dominate. Yes, he has the post-game, and people think he needs to score. But Sonny isn’t dominating because we balanced scoring," Trillo said.

“Sometimes, you see Dondon, other times it’s JVee, and sometime Cyrus (Baguio),” said Trillo.

The youthful-looking Alaska mentor said trading Thoss at this point has never crossed his mind.

“For sure, that’s (trading Thoss) not gonna happen this year. Sonny is such a good person. And he does the dirty work for the team,” Trillo added.

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