DENOK Miranda’s Boracay vacation was somehow spoiled by the news that he has been traded by Petron to Globalport.
“Done deal na ba yun?” asked the former Far Eastern University star as he tried to confirm the report of the one-on-one swap with Chris Ross while on his way to the country's island paradise.
When it finally sunk in that he has played his last game as a Petron Booster, Miranda took everything in stride and accepted that trades are part of a professional player’s life.
“Ganun naman talaga ang buhay ng player. Dapat always ready lang kami," said the heavily built point guard. "Yung ganung part hindi naman namin kontrolado ang sitwasyon."
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At the same time, the 31-year-old is also aware that Globalport is just a pit stop for him.
“Di ba nga naibalita na yun sa Spin.ph dati na sa Barako Bull nga daw ako mapupunta,” added the pride of Lopez, Quezon.
“Ayos ako dun, at least makakasama ko ulit si Jonas (Villanueva). Sana lang makapaglaro ako dun,” said Miranda, one of the toughest backcourt defenders in the league and owner of two league championships with Sta. Lucia and Petron.
Miranda averaged 6.82 points, 3.33 assists, 2.78 rebounds per game while playing back-up to Alex Cabagnot at Petron, but he hopes this latest twist in his career will lead to a resurgence.
“Yun lang wish ko talaga. Maipakita pa ang laro ko. Gusto ko talaga maka-contribute,” he added.
With another trade to Barako Bull looming in the horizon, Miranda said he has already received positive feedback from some friends who had played for the franchise owned by George Chua.
“Okay naman daw dun. Saka maalaga ang management. Kaya I am excited to play and contribute sa team,” said Miranda, the third overall pick in the 2005 rookie draft.