FROM preparing for the playoffs, both Sean Anthony and rookie guard Eliud Poligrates have found themselves going on an unexpected vacation.
Both players disclosed being caught off-guard by the trade consummated by Talk `N Text and Air21 that saw them landing with the Express along with a 2016 first round pick in exchange for high-scoring forward KG Canaleta.
Anthony and Poligrates admitted preparing in earnest for the coming PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup playoffs until they were advised about the trade which suddenly had them on a vacation mode.
Unlike the Tropang Texters which made the quarterfinals, the Express failed to advance past the eliminations after finishing dead-last in the standings.
“I was surprised, but with the Fil-Am rule, I think it was better for the team," said Anthony referring to the surplus of Fil-foreign players at Talk 'N Text that had the Texters having problems complying with a league rule limiting them to five per team.
"I wish them best of luck. I hope they get their four-peat,” added Anthony, who was given a thorough briefing by Talk N’ Text management regarding the trade decision Monday.
Anthony said he’s trying to transform his frustrations into positive energy by making himself better.
“I will just try to improve myself more. Right now I am at the gym as we speak. It was really an unexpected offseason, and it only means I gotta be better,” added the Fil-Canadian forward.
Anthony said shooting is the one aspect of his game which he’ll try to improve on in time for the coming Commissioner’s Cup.
“I think it’s my shooting. They (Talk 'N Text) got KG (Canaleta) coz he can spread the floor because of his shooting. So I have to be one,” he said.
As for Poligrates, the transfer to Air 21 could be a blessing in disguise as he sees himself being utilized more by the Express, who’s long been looking for a legitimate point guard to back up veteran Wynne Arboleda.
“Yun na lang ang positive na tinitignan ko, na magkakaroon ako ng time na maipakita ang kakayahan ko,” said Poligrates, who debuted with 15 points in Talk `N Text’s season-opening win over Meralco in Cebu last November 17.
“Siyempre, kumpiyansa rin kulang sa akin. Hindi ko naman yun agad-agad makukuha sa Talk `N Text, andami pa nilang veteran (guards) dun,” he added.
But asked if they felt bad for suddenly being ‘left out in the cold,’ Poligrates and Anthony were quick to say no.
“It (getting traded) is part of the business. Trade is part of the business. It’s part of the game,” said Anthony.
“No one likes being traded. But it’s for the betterment of the team. I have no grudge whatsoever. They took care of me, why will I hold any grudge?”
“Hindi po masama loob ko. Nalungkot lang ako,” said Poligrates. “Pero siyempre, hindi naman pwedeng dibdibin nang husto. Move on, move on rin.”