THE ‘love affair’ may be over for Jonathan Uyloan and Rain or Shine, but the Fil-Am guard still regards his former team in high esteem.
Despite being relegated by the Elasto Painters to the unrestricted free agency list prior to the start of the PBA 41st season that led to their parting of ways, the 31-year-old Uyloan said he harbors no grudges against the franchise which gave him the breaks in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.
Respect for coach Yeng Guiao and the entire Rain or Shine family remain ingrained in him, according to Uyloan, who’s now with Globalport.
“I have nothing but love for Rain or Shine,” said the Orange County, California, native, who was gracious enough to share his thoughts to Spin.ph on the eve of his first meeting against the Elasto Painters on Friday in the Smart Bro-Philippine Cup at the Philsports Arena.
“No hurt feelings. It’s a business and they gave me an opportunity to play in the PBA. If it wasn’t for Rain or Shine, I wouldn't be in Globalport.”
Uyloan, who has a nursing degree at Golden West College, was relegated to the unrestricted free agency list by the Elasto Painters shortly after netting guards Maverick Ahanmisi, Josan Nimes, and Don Trollano from this year's rookie draft.
It didn’t help any that Uyloan, who played for four years with Rain or Shine and won a championship in 2012, ended the season nursing an injury, which he sustained during the finals of the Commissioner’s Cup.
Initially, he was surprised by the move since Uyloan felt he played well in the first two conferences until he went down with the injury.
“I don’t know what’s gonna happen, but when they told me they’re gonna put me on the free agent list, I was kinda OK because that same day Globalport said they’re interested in me,” he recalled about the events that led him to join the Batang Pier.
Barely new to coach Pido Jarencio’s system, Uyloan said he has yet to adjust to playing with his new team.
“I’m still adjusting (being part of the second group),” he said, while at the same time, stressing he doesn’t mind playing second fiddle to star guards Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle, and Joseph Yeo.
“I’m not complaining or worried about the minutes. It’s in winning where we’re all happy.”
In the same way, he’s happy with the way things are going for his former team.
“They’re doing well right now,” he said referring to the Elasto Painters. “They trusted me before as a practice player, put me in the lineup, and then we parted ways.
“But I’m in Globalport now and I think it all worked out.”