INSTEAD of sulking after being snubbed by the two expansion teams during the PBA dispersal draft, Ronnie Matias was celebrating on Friday what he said was a "blessing in disguise."
Monitoring the proceedings involving expansion teams Blackwater Sports and Kia Motors, Matias heaved a sigh of relief upon learning that his name was not included in the list of drafted players.
Matias said he is only too happy to stay with San Mig, adding he prefers to be a role player in a star-studded side and knows his place in the pro league.
Also, he didn't like the idea of another move, having been traded by Air21 to San Mig just months ago.
“Masaya na kasi ako dito sa San Mig eh. Saka kakalipat ko lang nung isang buwan. Lilipat na naman ba ulit ako,” Matias bared to Spin.ph.
“Ako naman naging role player ako habambuhay kaya hindi na rin ako umaasa ng playing time. Although syempre, para sa akin, karangalan ko ang magamit dito sa San Mig kasi star studded ang team,” he added.
The versatile 6-foot-3 forward was also in the mood to throw another of his signature punchline.
“Ilang araw na nga ako nagpapalakas ng panga eh. Kasi akala ko kukunin ako ng Kia, pag naging kakampi ko si (Manny) Pacquiao, manununtok na lang rin ako,” he said before breaking into a big laughter.
Turning serious, the former University of Manila stalwart disclosed favoring security of tenure over playing opportunity as he is still under contract with San Mig until July of next year.
“Syempre, pag bago ang team hindi mo sure ang naghihintay sa iyo eh in terms of contract, at least dito kahit papaano, kilala na nila ako, alam ko na role ko, nakakausap nila ako, nakakausap ko sila,” he said.
Matias said he is in fact in the process of buying a house and lot in Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City, using the bonus he received from San Mig Coffee’s Governors’ Cup championship as downpayment.
“Bumibili na ako ng bahay. Ilang taon na rin kasi akong nangungupahan lang. Syempre, wala naman akong bahay na mamanahin sa mga magulang ko kasi mahirap lang din kami,” he said.
“Dati nga lumalakad lang ako mula sa school hanggang sa bahay namin sa Sampaloc, mana pa ba ang hahanapin ko,” Matias said with a laugh.
The San Mig Coffee role player said he was so tense leading to the dispersal draft that he and wife Jheda before the family-owned life-sized replica of the Black Nazarene statue in their living room.
“Sa totoo lang, nagdasal talaga ako ng todo kay Lord na Siya na ang bahala sa akin. Kinakabahan kasi ako noong nailagay ako sa dispersal pool. Ilang gabi ako hindi nakatulog,” he said.
“Magaling talaga ang Diyos. Nakikinig Siya at alam Niya kung ano ang best para sa 'yo. Bakit hindi? Eh sino mag-aakala na mapupunta ako rito sa San Mig, di ba?” said Matias, a known devotee of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila.