MATT Ganuelas-Rosser took the court on Thursday afternoon for the first time in more than two months, but he can only contribute from the sidelines for now in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
The San Miguel Beer recruit, recovering from a quadriceps injury he suffered in April, took some shots and some floaters with his right and left hand after SMB practice on Thursday, but insisted there will be no cameo appearances against his former team TNT KaTropa at some point in the series.
“I wish I could play, but I’m just not there yet,” Rosser said in a chat with SPIN.ph after practice. “I really wish, but unfortunately when I got hurt, I tried to rush back too quickly when I was with TNT, so it kinda put me down, but I’ll be ready next conference.”
“I’m closer, though,” he was quick to add. “Today was my first day being on the court, just a little light shooting. It felt good to be back.”
For now, at least Rosser can give his input to the SMB coaches on how the Beermen can attack a Texters team where he spent the first two and a half years of his pro career with.
“I definitely gave my opinion and my observations, and they take it,” the 27-year-old wingman, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 Draft, said. “For me, I just try to just be positive for the guys, give them insight, just knowing those (TNT) guys, and just giving my best advice as possible.”
“I’m just focusing on what we’re doing and trying to help just with my look on the game and my opinions, and trying to be a good source of positive energy,” he added.
However he can help is surely welcome for an SMB side seeking to end a 16-year championship drought in the Commissioner’s Cup.
“I’m hoping for the best for San Miguel,” Rosser said. “During the game, I’m not torn at all. I’m straight San Miguel.”
“I don’t really want to see those (TNT) guys do good right now,” he added with a chuckle as he’s looking for his second career title. “It would be cool to win a championship against the team that traded me.”