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    Shock over trade turns into excitement as Matt Ganuelas-Rosser starts afresh at SMB

    Apr 26, 2017
    Matt Ganuelas-Rosser attends SMB practice on Wednesday at Acropolis Gym. Christian Jacinto

    WHEN Matt Ganuelas-Rosser was told that he was being traded by TNT KaTropa to San Miguel over the weekend, he was not exactly jumping for joy.

    That's not all surprising as Ganuelas-Rosser wasn't exactly thrilled to be leaving the only team that he has played for since he entered the PBA in 2014 - a squad that has been pretty much his second family.

    "They told me after the Ginebra game. It's when I found out... I was upset at first. They took care of me over there, especially the players, I learned a lot from them," said Rosser as he watched his new team practice at the Acropolis Gym on Wednesday.

    But after the shock wore off, that's when he realized he's not really in a bad place after all.

    "It surprised me a lot. But after I reflected on it, I see how it benefits both teams and now I'm excited. Everything happens for a reason. I'm blessed to be here."

    [See Rare trade between PBA rivals]

    Putting all that in the past, Ganuelas-Rosser now becomes the latest addition to a powerhouse Beermen squad which ruled the season-opening Philippine Cup and has been nothing short of spectacular this conference, winning its first five games.

    That in mind, Rosser can't wait to show the Beermen what he can do - although that may have to wait as he's still recovering from a foot injury.

    Thankfully for him, the PBA All-Star break gives him ample time to recover and blend in. San Miguel won't be playing until the 5th of May when, incidentally, the Beermen play TNT KaTropa.

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    Ganuelas-Rosser said the transition has been smooth.

    "There's gonna be an adjustment period where I got to find my niche and stuff but on a personal level, getting to know the guys was just seamless. I feel like I've been here forever," Rosser continued.

    "All the guys are very welcoming and nice to me. Everybody's giving me respect and I give right back. It's gonna be a good fit especially when I get to the court," he added.

    [See TNT coach counting on RR Garcia to step in once Castro is called up by Gilas]

    After getting a warm reception from his new team, Rosser's frustration over the trade has turned into excitement as he enters a new chapter in his young PBA career.

    Now he believes that San Miguel might just be the team where he can take can take his game to the next level.

    "I feel like I still have a lot of room to grow. The players and the coaches know that here. They're giving me confidence, I don't have to do anything that I'm not comfortable with," said Rosser.

    "At the same time, I'm still trying to expand my game. It's a good fit, everything's gonna work out good. I'm optimistic about the future here."

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    Matt Ganuelas-Rosser attends SMB practice on Wednesday at Acropolis Gym. Christian Jacinto
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