Sorry, no results found for
    View Today
    Tue, Aug 21

    Arwind Santos brushes off bashers, says he has always been a 'team player' and not a 'superstar'

    Feb 21, 2014
    Arwind Santos has come under fire from critics who have taken him to task for his failure to take over at crunch time for Petron when it fell at the semifinal stage in the PBA Philippine Cup. Jerome Ascano

    SAN Miguel Beer forward Arwind Santos on Friday defended himself from criticism in the wake of Petron's string of failures in the PBA, saying he doesn't consider himself a 'superstar' and prefers to be a team player.

    The reigning league MVP has come under fire from critics who have taken him to task for his failure to take over at crunch time for the Boosters when they fell at the semifinal stage in the PBA Philippine Cup.

    They Said It!

    “ hindi naman ako buwakaw na kukunin ko bola tapos ititira ko. Hindi ako ganun. Ako naghihintay ako ng play. Sumusunod ako." San Miguel Beer forward and reigning PBA MVP Arwind Santos

    However, Santos pointed out that all throughout his career, he has always been a player who follows the coach's game plan - and not a 'superstar' who takes matters into his hands with a game on the line.

    “Team player kasi ako. Hindi naman ako katulad ng superstar ng ibang team na kukuha ng isolation o titira ng jumpshot. Hindi ako ganun,” said the many-time All-Star out of Far Eastern University.

    “Ako kasi, hindi naman ako buwakaw na kukunin ko bola tapos ititira ko. Hindi ako ganun. Ako naghihintay ako ng play. Sumusunod ako,” Santos insisted.

    The San Miguel star said he prefers to provide the intangibles to a team like blocks, rebounds and defense - unless the coach calls out his number for a crucial, late-game play.

    “Yun naman talaga ako eh. Rebound, block, putback. Hindi ako yung tipo ng first option na hahawak ng bola tapos di-dribble at uunahin ang sarili, tapos pag may nag help (defense) saka ipapasa. Hindi ganun ang laro ko,” he said.

    The 30-year-old, in fact, pointed out that the biggest basket he made in college when he led the FEU Tamaraws to a championship came not on a solo move but a putback.

    Continue reading below ↓

    That shot defines him as a player, Santos said.

    “Naalala niyo nga nung UAAP ko, nung tinalo naming 'yung La Salle, putback lang ako nun. Hindi ko malilimutan 'yun. 'Yun ang laro ko. Mas komportable ako na mag-provide lang ng tulong,” added the Lubao, Pampanga native.

    “Pero okay rin ako sa first option. Yun lang mas komportable talaga ako sa face-up, perimeter, putback.”

    Asked why he has made little impact in crunch situations over the past few conferences for Petron, Santos said some things are beyond his control.

    “Madami kasing rason. Nababago ang posisyon ko. May mga play na sinusunod. Pero ako wala akong nakikitang may nabago (sa akin) eh,” Santos said, recalling how he played above average when he led Petron to its last championship in the 2011 Governors’ Cup.

    “Tulad ngayong second conference, mag-te-tres (small forward) ako, ngayong all Filipino kwatro (power forward) ako,” he added.

    Santos said he is aware of the bashing he gets from some fans, but would rather not dwell on it.

    “Hindi ko na lang binabasa. Basta ako pag umpisa pa lang ng message alam ko nang negative, hindi ko na nababasahin. Ako yung tao na alam ko na Diyos lang ang pwedeng mag-judge sa akin,” he said.

    “Ever since namatay yung Papa ko 15 years ago, tumatag na ako. Ang dami ko nang akala ko nun imposible pero nagawa ko. Kaya yung tatag na binigay sa akin ng Diyos, pinapangalagaan ko yan.”

    After fellow stars Jay Washington and Alex Cabagnot were both traded one after by San Miguel's flagship franchise, does he fear that he might be the next to go?

    Continue reading below ↓

    “Hindi pumapasok sa isip ko yung trade o mate-trade ako. At bakit ako magagalit kung mate-trade ako, buhay ng isang player 'yan. Manager nga na-te-trade, ako pa?” he responded.

    “At never kong pinasok sa isip ko na maging superstar ng isang team. Basta ako ipapakita ko ang talent na ibinigay sa akin ng Diyos at ipapakita ko na ginagawa ko ng higit pa sa kaya ko ang iniuutos ng mga coaches.”

    Read Next
    We recommend
    MORE FROM SUMMIT MEDIA
    Sponsored Content
    Arwind Santos has come under fire from critics who have taken him to task for his failure to take over at crunch time for Petron when it fell at the semifinal stage in the PBA Philippine Cup. Jerome Ascano
  • POLL

    • Quiz

      Quiz Result