RODNEY Brondial seemed to channel his inner Dennis when he unintentionally brought Rodman along to the Big Dome prior to Barangay Ginebra's game against Barako Bull on Wednesday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The rookie big man accidently brought his nine-month-old French Bulldog to their crucial game and he turned out to be a lucky charm as Brondial provided the hustle off the bench as part of an unlikely quintet that sparked the blowout.
“Sabi nga nila, dalhin ko daw ulit next time,” Brondial said shortly after the Gin Kings' much-needed 120-98 win over the Energy. “Sana daw para tuloy-tuloy.”
The former Adamson stalwart related that he forgot that a sleeping Rodman was with him in the car when he went to the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon.
“Dadalhin ko pa sana siya ‘dun sa condo ko sa Eastwood. Eh medyo ma-traffic, so dumeretso ako dito,” Brondial said. “Nawala sa isip ko na kasama ko pala siya.”
“He was sleeping all the time sa car ko, tapos nung nag-park ako, dun siya tumayo. Nakita ko na kasama ko pala ‘to,” he added chuckling.
But at least, Brondial proved his game hasn't gone to the dogs.
Rodman's presence no doubt brought his owner luck as Brondial showed dogged determination all game, tallying a season-high 10 points, making all his five shots, on top of six rebounds and one block in 19 minutes.
“Nagulat ako sa (points) ko kasi usually ang binibilang ko talaga yung rebounds, kung paano ako makaka-contribute sa defense,” he said. “Kasi kung offense, mahirap kunin 'yung kasi sobrang dami na ng offensive players sa Ginebra.”
But Brondial is hesitant to bring his pet next time to their game on Wednesday when the Gin Kings finish their elimination campaign against NLEX.
“Hindi ko alam eh. Bahala na,” the 24-year-old cager smiled. “Kasi sa dugout, tumatahol siya eh, so inutusan ko pa yung ball boy, sabi ko, ‘Ako bahala sa’yo mamaya basta i-pet mo lang yung aso ko ‘dun sa (dugout) cubicle.'”