Ronald Tubid is coming off career-best numbers for Barako Bull in the recent PBA Philippine Cup, yet that didn’t prevent the Energy Cola from dealing the former University of the East Red Warrior to Petron as part of the blockbuster five-team, 10-player trade on Tuesday.
The energetic guard out of Oton, Iloilo averaged 14.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists last conference, but he was among the cagers who parted ways with the Energy Cola, now under new coach Rajko Toroman, as part of a deal that brought in Jonas Villanueva, JC Intal, Allein Maliksi, and Jojo Duncil.
With Tubid set to join a start-studded Petron shooting guard lineup led by Joseph Yeo, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz, the PBA journeyman said he has no ambition of leading the Boosters on offense. Instead, he’ll be focusing more on becoming a defensive stopper.
“Tingin ko mas magiging defensive stopper ako. Di naman kasi ako kailangan na gaano umiskor. Daming star players na dito sa team. Daming firepower gaya nila Lassiter, Lutz, Yeo. Pero promise ko, this conference, depensa talaga ibibigay ko,” Tubid told Spin.ph.
Petron hopes that Tubid’s high-energy plays can pump life into its underperforming squad, which despite having one of the most talented lineups this season, still failed to go beyond the quarterfinals of the Philippine Cup, losing to eventual champion Talk ‘N Text.
The 6-foot-1 Tubid, now on his 10th year as a pro, said getting traded no longer comes as a shock to him, considering he will now be joining his fourth team since being drafted in 2003.
“Sanay na din ako sa trade, from Shell, napunta na ako ng Air21 tapos Ginebra. Role player ako sa mga teams na iyun. Nataon lang na ako ang medyo bata-bata nung mapunta ako sa Barako,” said the heavily tattooed player.