CEBUANO guard Macmac Tallo can finally focus on playing ball during his rookie season in the PBA after signing a one-year contract worth P1.2M with the TNT KaTropa on Thursday morning.
Even though it took quite some time before the two sides found common ground, Tallo – the 10th pick overall in the recent PBA Draft – was nevertheless grateful to be given the chance to play for the flagship team of mega businessman Manny V. Pangilinan.
“I’m thankful. They told me na if I do well in the first six months, they would offer me an extension right away,” shared the standout from Southwestern University-Phinma whose selection in the first round raised eyebrows from around the league.
Tallo signed the contract in the presence of TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio and his manager, Edgar Mangahas.
Tallo also said that he understood the rationale behind just the one-year offer.
“From what I’ve seen here in Talk N Text, hindi ka bibigyan ng long-term contract because ayaw ni Coach Nash (Racela) na maging complacent ang mga players. That’s why it feels like war here everyday at Talk N Text. The practices are that intense,” revealed Tallo.
With his contract finally signed, Tallo became emotional and expressed his gratitude to his loved ones, especially his father, Mark Tallo, the one-time PBA player.
“Sa totoo lang, I want to thank my dad sa tulong n'ya sa akin. Kung hindi dahil sa kanya, malamang wala ako dito ngayon. He showed me the way and the sacrifices that I needed to make to achieve my dream,” said the younger Tallo.
Curiously, both father and son ended up playing for the same franchise. The elder Tallo suited up for Pepsi back then, which eventually became Mobiline, the precursor of Talk N Text.
Tallo also shared that this season is just the start of his ultimate goal, which is to play in the professional ranks for more than a decade.