BEAU Belga believes Rain or Shine’s decision to select guards and wingmen in the draft was coach Yeng Guiao’s way to reassure his trust in him and the rest of the team’s big men.
The Elasto Painters could’ve drafted Norbert Torres, considered one of the better big men in the draft after Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario, as a fallback if Belga was going to be traded.
Instead, Guiao drafted combo guards Maverick Ahanmisi and Josan Nimes, as well as guard/forward Don Trollano on Sunday.
“Ibig sabihin lang nun na may tiwala siya sa mga bigs,” the 6-foot-6 Belga told Spin.ph. “Kami naman, apat naman kami eh, so makakapag-rotate kami ng maayos.”
The Painters have Belga, JR Quiñahan, Raymond Almazan, and recently acquired Jewel Ponferrada in the frontcourt rotation.
“And para sa mga wings, para lang siguro hindi mabugbog sila Paul (Lee), sila Jeff (Chan), para pag dating ng finals, kung aabot, hindi pa sila totally burned out,” Belga continued.
But the veteran slotman was quick to add that Guiao is not giving special treatment to him or anyone in the squad.
“Hindi ko iniisip yung ganun,” Belga said. “Kasi dito naman lahat kami….face ng Rain or Shine ang isa’t-isa dito. Walang nag-iisang tao lang. Hindi si Paul, hindi si Jeff, hindi si Gabe (Norwood), hindi ako. Kung baga yung buong team ang mukha ng team na ‘to.”
“Beterano ako, pero kung sabihin mong star player na bine-baby, wala rito ‘nun,” he added.
Reacting to the trade rumors, Belga, who’s entering the final year of a three-year contract, said he has gained assurance from Guiao that he won’t be dealt.
“I’ve talked to coach Yeng and hindi naman daw niya ako i-te-trade eh, so nagkaroon ako ng peace of mind,” he said. “Kasi nung mga nakaraang araw, medyo napapaisip ako kung anong nangyayari eh.”
“May naririnig ako na may mga gustong kumuha,” the seven-year league veteran added. “Pero kung mga sabi-sabi lang din, mahirap maniwala. Mas maniniwala ako pag sinabi ni coach Yeng na, ‘nalipat ka na sa ibang team.’”
But the 28-year-old Belga, who’s entering the final year of a three-year contract, reiterated he is happy with the Painters.
“There’s nothing wrong between sa team and sa akin,” said the Gubat, Sorsogon native, who has been with ROS for four years.
“Dito nagsimula yung career ko eh, dito gumanda, dito ako nagkaroon ng magandang career, magandang nilalaro, so walang dahilan para umalis pa.”