BOCAUE -- Denied of recognition for the longest time, Marcio Lassiter could no longer be regarded as the least of San Miguel's fab five.
While his peers have continually reaped rewards from the Beermen's continuous successes, the sniper has always drawn the short end of the stick as he found himself on the outside looking in.
That couldn't be any more evident than in the Leo Awards of the 42nd season, when June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross, and Alex Cabagnot all earned their way to Mythical First Team selections after the 2016-17 PBA season.
Lassiter, on the other hand, couldn't even crack the Mythical Second Team despite his gaudy marks after being grouped together with other stellar guards than being placed among the forwards.
The snubs, though, hardly bothered him.
"Last year, when all four of my teammates made the Mythical First Team, I was so proud of them," he shared.
Lassiter continued, "If I didn't make it on that team, the guys who made it deserve it and it wasn't my year that year," as Jayson Castro and LA Tenorio got the nod to be the guards for that season's Mythical Second Team.
Now, those are already a thing of the past.
Lassiter got his rightful nod and earned a Mythical Team selection in the Leo Awards of the 43rd season, his first as he joined fellow Beermen and now-five-time PBA MVP Fajardo, Magnolia's Paul Lee, NorthPort's Stanley Pringle, and Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar in the First Team.
"I was kind of speechless, at the same time, we all know that I was always the last guy. I just thank God for blessing me today and I'm really grateful for the opportunity," said the Fil-Am sniper on Sunday. "Eventually, my time came and I'm just happy for that."
But for Lassiter, as much as it feels good to be cited for all of his hardwork, his concern will remain on the grander goals.
"Honestly, it's always about winning for me, about the team. Getting one makes me feel good, but my main goal is always to win a championship," he said.