DANNY Seigle got a fairly good idea of what to expect at Talk 'N Text after a conversation with longtime Texters star Jimmy Alapag, shortly after news leaked out that he was bound to join the team.
“Jimmy (Alapag) told me when he first found out that I’ll be on the team, ‘Get your running shoes out,’" said a beaming Seigle. "So I said okay. I got to dig it out because I thought it was in practice, but no, he wants to get on and run.”
On Tuesday night, 'Dynamite Danny' and TnT proved an explosive combination in their first game together, with the many-time All-Star scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a 106-93 win over Globalport in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 37-year-old Seigle, signed as a free agent from Barako Bull, was quick to blend in as the Texters proved too good, too strong for a GlobalPort side that struggled to put its act together.
Still, Seigle said he is still far from where he wants to be as he looks to be a factor in the PLDT franchise's quest for a fourth all-Filipino championship.
“Definitely, I’m still adjusting because i only had three practices at the most. So that only means I’ve been on the court only three times in the last two months,” said the four-time PBA Finals MVP.
“I kept myself in shape a little bit, but game shape is totally different. It’s still long ways for me, but still good.”
The Fil-American out of Wagner College is also comfortable in his role with the Texters at this stage in his career.
“He (Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black) told me that I’m more of a supportive role. I’ll be getting in the post more than I have been at Barako Bull. So, that’s it, I’ll just be ready for whatever and these guys are proven winners already,” he said.
“I’m here to really complement them.”