DOWN to the very end of his stay with Rain or Shine, Ronnie Matias never lost his respect for coach Yeng Guiao or the sharp wit that has endeared him to his teammates.
On the day he was informed by Guiao in a 30-minute talk that he has been traded to Air21 for a draft pick, the agile 6-5 big man assured he will never try to pull off his 'ray gun' antic if and when he scores against his former team and coach in a game.
“Hindi ah. Bakit ako sesenyas ng baril kay Coach Yeng? Mamaya barilin ako ng totoo 'nun,” Matias told his now ex-teammates in his final practice with the team, lifting the gloom inside the gym.
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“Bakit ako sesenyas ng baril kay Coach Yeng? Mamaya barilin ako ng totoo 'nun." - former Rain or Shine center Ronnie Matias, who was traded to Air21 for a draft pick
The Rain or Shine team's longtime funnyman, however, showed his serious side when he finally bid goodbye to the team that had been his home for the past three seasons.
“Medyo malungkot. Kasi kung ako lang talaga ang masusunod … ayokong ma-trade. Ayokong mahiwalay sa mga teammates ko at lalo na kay coach Yeng,” Matias told Spin.ph.
“Nakakalungkot pala pag na-trade ka ng labag sa loob mo,” he added.
Matias, however, is ready to take on the next challenge in his career, airing the hope that his shift to Air21 will mean full speed ahead for his still blossoming career.
“Yun na lang tinitignan ko, na mas may maganda akong opportunity dito sa Air21. Saka nakita ko naman na kailangan rin ako (sa Air21). Sa Rain or Shine puno na, madami akong kapwesto. Maibaba talaga ako,” said the 30-year old dribbler.
Rain or Shine guard Ryan Arana admits the atmosphere in practice will never be the same without Matias, who has also earned quite a following on Twitter because of his funny quips and response to fans.
“Ibang-iba nga ngayon sa practice. Dati kasi may laging nang-aasar at nagpapatawa sa gilid. Si Ronnie kasi ang lagging nagsisimula ng tawanan dito. Kumbaga nawawala stress sa practice sa kanya,” he said.
“Siguro okay na rin yung na-trade siya. Kasi makakalaro siya, maipapakita niya yung talent niya,” added Arana. “Pero malamang tirahin kami nun pag nakalaban namin siya. Balyador yun eh.”