RABEH Al-Hussaini expected the dip in both his scoring and rebounding numbers the moment he moved from Globalport to Talk ’N Text in a trade for Japeth Aguilar just before the opening of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
But he swears he’s not in a rush to reach star status with the Tropang Texters, even though he is now reunited with former college coach Norman Black, whom he credits for drawing the best out of his basketball career while playing for Ateneo.
The change in environment also seemed to be a bad timing too, for Al-Hussaini since the conference features imports of unlimited height.
But the former UAAP Most Valuable Player said he’s willing to wait for his time to shine.
“I’m playing limited minutes since may import, but I’m not rushing,” Al-Hussaini told Spin.ph. “I’ll just focus on getting better in practice para sa next conference, mas maliit ang imports, baka mas may chance na magamit.”
The Rookie of the Year two years ago, Al-Hussaini considers the mid-season tournament as his adjustment conference, though he vows that should he be given an opportunity to play longer, he’ll play his best.
“If I get used, I’ll go hard. And with coach Norman, he trusts me. Di naman ako nagwo-worry (of getting benched). Basta magpapakita lang ako sa practice,” he added.
In two games with Talk ‘N Text so far, Al-Hussaini averages just 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 11 minutes of play, a drop from his 7.7 points and four rebounds in 20.07 minutes of play while still with Globalport during the Philippine Cup.