STAY grounded and don't stop getting better.
That's the piece of advice four-time PBA Most Valuable Player Alvin Patrimonio has for the rookie hopefuls drafted in last week's proceedings at the Robinsons Place in Malate, Manila.
"Just keep on improving ang skills nila as well as 'yung attitude nila, iga-guide naman sila ng coaches," said Patrimonio, now the team manager of reigning Governors Cup champion San Mig Coffee.
After playing in the pro league for 17 seasons beginning in 1988 - all of them, by the way, with Purefoods, the popular Patrimonio said he wants this year's batch of rookies to have long, fruitful careers as well.
But the 46-year-old PBA icon, fondly called 'Cap,' is quick to warn them that success won't happen overnight.
"Isipin lang nila na it is a great opportunity to play in the PBA," he said. "Imagine ang daming players ang gustong pumasok sa PBA, at ito na 'yung chance nila.
"Give use their all yung talent na binigay ni God, dagdagan pa nila ng good attitude at magiging maganda ang resulta," he added.