MO Tautuaa believes he can easily fit into the system of coach Pido Jarencio at GlobalPort that will allow him to indeed spread his wings further at his new team starting in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
With just four days of practice with the Batang Pier after TNT traded him along with two future picks for Terrence Romeo and Yousef Taha, Tautuaa already showed a glimpse of thriving in Jarencio’s free-wheeling offense as he led the Batang Pier locals with 15 points in their 97-91 win over Phoenix in their tune-up game at the Upper Deck gym.
“I mean, coach told me I could shoot the ball, and do what I need as long as it’s within the rhythm of the team, so anyone will fit in that system,” Tautuaa said.
“But he’s pushing me to be better, and it’s working. We’re doing good so far, and the more we practice, the better we’ll get,” he added.
Aside from improvement as a unit, Tautuaa is expected to fast track his development to finally fulfill expectations that came with being the first overall pick in the 2015 Draft.
“Yeah, if I can, I will (spread my wings further),” the Filipino-Tongan banger said. “I’m going to do as best as I can to make sure I do as best as I can for this team. I need to be what the team needs me to be, so whatever that is, and the more we practice, the more we’ll figure out where I’m supposed to be.
“Everyone is saying I’m fitting well, and the wings are starting to spread, so we’ll see how big they can get,” he added.
Still, Tautuaa admitted he’s still adjusting and making the transition of making the Batang Pier plays second nature to him after getting used to the Texters’ dribble-drive system.
“Yeah, because I’m still over here running TNT-type of moves where I got to like roll and wait for certain players, and move a different way,” Tautuaa said. “Now, I got to get used to playing back to how I need to play, so that way I could fit with this team.”
“Cause that’s why coach wanted me here, cause he knew how I used to play or what I was capable of, and now it’s been changed over the course of my career,” he added.
“It’s a good place for me to grow and find my rhythm, and I’m enjoying it – that’s the important thing. It makes me want to work harder and do more, and be better, so it’s a process and I just got to continue to grow,” he concluded.