ANTIPOLO CITY - Dave Marcelo admits he’s still in a ‘state of shock’ following his trade to Blackwater from Ginebra.
Yet life goes on and the bruising big man said he’s ready to embrace what he termed as the ‘next chapter’ of his playing career.
“Siyempre mahirap. Panibagong adjustment. But in time, masasanay ka rin,” said Marcelo, who joined his new team on the bench as he watched the Elite whip the KIA Picanto, 118-97, in the PBA Governors Cup on Friday at the Ynares Center here.
Marcelo was dealt to the Elite along with Chris Ellis on Thursday in exchange for Art dela Cruz and Raymund Aguilar.
Like everyone else, the deal came as a surprise for Marcelo, although he said he’s been hearing rumors about it the night before when the Kings scored a runaway win over Phoenix at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Then the morning after, he received a text message from coach Tim Cone telling him ‘to go early in practice.’
“Nung natanggap ko yung message, sabi ko baka nga totoo,” he recalled. “Pero nagdala pa rin ako ng practice uniform, baka kasi may change of plans din.”
There was none.
“Nakakalungkot lang,” said the banger out of San Beda. “Na-touch lang ako sa mga teammates ko dahil bago ako umalis, dinala nila ako sa center court tapos pinalibutan ako para magpasalamat at mag-good luck.”
“Hindi naman ako iyakin, pero teary-eyed ako (nun).”
Between him and Ellis, Marcelo said the Fil-Am wingman was the one really affected.
“Siya yung pinaka-affected. Understood naman yun kasi siya sa Ginebra talaga eversince and firs time niya ma-trade,” said Marcelo. “Hindi kagaya sa akin nung sa Barako ako, tinext lang ako and sinabihan na mag-report na ako sa Ginebra dahil nga na-trade ako.”
But Marcelo is moving on. He doesn’t foresee a hard time getting along with the Elite as he had played with some of the players before like BamBam Gamalinda and Kyle Pascual, who were his teammates at San Beda, as well as Nards Pinto and veteran Denok Miranda, who was the lead point guard when he suited up for Barako Bull.
“So sana nga maka-adjust as soon as possible and in time, makatulong din sa team,” he said.
As if fate is playing a joke on him and Ellis, the two will suit up in their first game with Blackwater against Barangay Ginebra on September 8.
“Yun na nga e,” said a smiling Marcelo. “Baka mamaya during timeout sa Ginebra bench ako magpunta.”