MIKE Tolomia is taking the trade to Blackwater in a positive light as he once again found himself on the move in his PBA career.
Tolomia suited up for Blackwater on Saturday, justs days after the trade that sent him, KG Canaleta and future Meralco picks to the Elite in exchange for Allein Maliksi and Raymar Jose was approved by the Commissioner's Office.
After playing only three games with the Bolts this conference while mostly playing behind Baser Amer, Tolomia sees the second trade he has figured in in a three-year pro career as a chance to finally show his wares.
“’Yun ‘yung isa sa mga positive na tinitignan ko dito, na mas may chance ako maglaro at dito ko mapapakita kung ano ang kaya kong gawin,” said Tolomia, who was drafted by Rain or Shine in the 2016 special draft before being dealt to Meralco.
“Thankful din ako sa Blackwater. Nabigyan nila ako ng opportunity."
Tolomia only played for 14 minutes against Alaska, scoring two points. The former Far Eastern University standout clearly groped for form as he only practiced with his new team once prior to the game.
“Kaya medyo naninibago ako. Halos hindi rin ako nakalaro sa Meralco,” said Tolomia.
Tolomia admitted he was surprised with the decision of Meralco to trade him. Still, Tolomia said he has nothing but respect for the organization that told him the news first before the development came public.
“Medyo nagulat ako kasi kalagitnaan ng season and knowing coach Norman (Black), hindi siya masyadong magtse-change ng bigla-bigla. Nagulat lang,” Tolomia said.
“In fairness to Meralco, coach Norman ang unang tumawag sa akin bago pa lumabas. Sinabihan na niya ako na mate-trade nga ako sa Blackwater. Sumunod na tumawag sa akin, ‘yung manager namin (Paolo Trillo).
"Professional naman tayo eh. Lahat ng bagay, may mga dahilan din naman sila. I take it positively at sa akin, opportunity to play dito sa Blackwater,” Tolomia said.