PAOLO Taha insisted he had nothing to prove against GlobalPort when he played his first game against his former team on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The promising wingman was traded to the Mahindra Enforcers in the offseason just as he was starting to find his niche with the Batang Pier in the middle of his sophomore year in the league.
But the Mahindra recruit picked up from where he left off as he played a key role in his new club’s 108-98 victory over the GlobalPort, notching their best start in the team's young history.
Taha, however, pointed out that it was all business, nothing personal as he registered 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, two boards, two assists, and one block in 22 minutes off the bench against his former squad.
“I have nothing against GlobalPort, but love,” he said. “Ako lang, kahit saan ako mapuntang team, basta binigyan ako ng trabaho, gusto ko lang mag-compete. Yun lang naman yung ginawa ko.”
“Nakaka-miss sila, pero syempre ibang team na ako ngayon, so compete lang, trabaho lang. Wala naman ako kahit anong negative para sa kanila," added Taha, who spent five conferences with the Batang Pier.
The 25-year-old also considered his transfer to Mahindra a blessing in disguise as he's quickly making the most of his opportunities, averaging 10 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists in a little over 20 minutes after two outings with the Enforcers.
“Excited lang ako to compete sa mga former kuyas ko,” Taha said. “Buti na lang maganda yung result at nakapag-contribute ako sa bago kong team at nagawa ko yung trabaho ko.”
“Syempre mas maganda yung opportunity ko dito,” he added. “Ako naman, mapa-marami o konti yung playing time, pag pinasok ako, buhos lang lahat, so tingnan natin kung ano mangyayari. Basta best effort lang every game.”