RODNEY Brondial looks forward to playing for Star as he will now be teammates with his longtime idol Marc Pingris following a multi-team trade that was approved by the PBA.
The sixth pick by Ginebra in the 2014 PBA rookie draft, Brondial finds himself playing for his third team in just two years in the league. And although he feels a bit down from jumping teams every year, Brondial is sticking to the positives as he suits up for one of his dream squads.
“Siyempre, mixed emotion din [pero] masaya ako dahil isa rin sa mga favorite teams ko ‘to. Excited din ako. Part ng trabaho ‘yung mga trade kaya panibagong adjustment uli ito,” said Brondial.
But the biggest reason the 25-year-old Brondial is all smiles about joining the Hotshots is the opportunity to team up with Pingris, his favorite player ever since his days with Adamson in college.
“Makakasama ko ‘yung idol ko si Pingris. Alam naman natin kung paano siya maglaro. Role player lang siya, mahilig sa rebounds. Idol ko talaga siya dati pa,” Brondial said.
Inspired to learn from and emulate his idol, Brondial vows to do his part in helping Star get back to its winning ways.
“Mas lalo ko pang sisipagin. Winning team ‘to, may winning tradition. May expectations ang mga fans. Kaya dodoblehin ko ‘yung sipag ko," said Brondial, who has attributed his improved play to his continuous training at the Headstart Sports Academy in Quezon City during the conference and in the offseason.
"Ang mapa-promise ko, ‘yung mga intangibles, rebounds, at energy sa team. Hindi ko na pakakawalan ‘yung opportunity,” he added.
He also holds no grudges with his previous teams like Ginebra and Phoenix, as he looks forward to a fresh start with the Hotshots.
“Roller coaster rin. Panibagong coach, panibagong system. Natutunan ko lang na maging masipag talaga. Kung sisipagin mo, may mapupuntahan ka talaga. Kaya dapat maging positive ka. Walang room ‘yung negative thoughts sa liga. Walang maidudulot 'yun,” said Brondial.