IT didn’t come as a surprise for Matt Ganuelas-Rosser when his former Talk ‘N Text teammate and big boss Jimmy Alapag ended his retirement to play for Meralco in the coming PBA 41st season.
The incoming sophomore guard said he’s seen the former league MVP keep himself in shape despite retiring after last year’s Philippine Cup to become manager of the Tropang Texters.
“Honestly, I’m not really surprised because he has been working out, staying in shape,” said Ganuelas-Rosser to Spin.ph.
Alapag coming out of retirement came within the week after Talk ‘N Text dealt him to Meralco in a trade that also included Blackwater.
Ganuelas-Rosser was recently named part of the 16-man Gilas Pilipinas pool for the 2015 Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship. Also on the pool was Alapag.
“I always tease him,” Ganuelas-Rosser related, “like, ‘Man, when I retire, I’m not playing. I’m gonna get it done and get big. But he stayed in shape. I didn’t know if he stayed in shape for this but you know, he kept his body right. He hasn’t missed a beat.”
Ganuelas-Rosser admitted facing Alapag as an opponent next season makes him ill at ease.
Still, that won’t stop the Fil-Am guard from having Alapag as inspiration.
“He’s a guy we look up to, especially me. For him to come out and put his body on the line again for the country, what more can you say about the guy. He is really a great story,” said Ganuelas-Rosser.