DON Trollano is prepared for a late call-up after Jordan Clarkson failed to get a clearance from the NBA to play for the Philippines in the Asian Games.
Trollano admitted he was saddened that he failed to make it to the final 12, but said he is always willing to sacrifice, especially since the player put in his place was Clarkson.
“Nalungkot din naman. Pero masaya ako kasi with Jordan Clarkson, mas malaki ang chance natin na manalo. Mas magiging competitive ‘yung team. ‘Yun ang nasa isip ko,” said the TNT cager.
However, Trollano said national coach Yeng Guiao told him to be prepared for the possibility that he will be a late replacement for Clarkson.
Guiao said he will ask the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas for a late replacement to Clarkson, but added he remains ready to play with only 11 players.
“Sabi nga ni coach Yeng, be ready, steady lang kasi kung may mangyari, ihahabol ka namin, sabi niya after ng practice namin kagabi,” said Trollano.
Trollano was in uniform but didn’t play for the Philippines in the tune-up game against TNT on Saturday morning at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center.
The former Adamson cager, however, was happy to see how the team has been developing over the past few days even with the short preparation for the Asiad.
“Sa start maganda ‘yung chemistry ng team. Maganda ‘yung ball movement namin. Nagkakaintindihan na kami. Maganda ‘yung linaro namin,” said Trollano.