IN RR Garcia’s own words, it’s another adjustment on his part following the latest trade to transpire in his young pro career.
He doesn’t mind. At San Miguel, the 26-year-old guard knows he has the best opportunity of finally winning a first ever PBA championship.
Garcia found himself packing his bags anew following his involvement in a three-team trade Thursday amongst Star, San Miguel, and Mahindra. He ended up joining the Beermen, who gave up Ryan Arana and their 2018 first round pick to the Floodbuster in acquiring him and sophomore Keith Agovida.
“Bagong adjustment na naman, pero professional tayo,” the former UAAP MVP out of Far Eastern University relayed to SPIN.ph shortly after the multi-player deal was finally approved by the Commissioner’s Office.
“Wala namang sama ng loob, although nagulat din ako,” added Garcia, who was even part of the Star Hotshots team which welcomed its rookie picks during the pro league’s Draft proceedings on Sunday.
Garcia, who just signed a three-year deal with the Hotshots prior to being traded, sees a silver lining in playing for his fourth team entering his fourth season as a pro after Globalport, Barako Bull, and Star.
“Champion team ang San Miguel, so maganda ang chance ko na makapag-champion,” he said, noting the presence of three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo as the team’s main cornerstone.
“Andyan si June Mar. Alam naman natin ang kalibre niya as a player,” Garcia said.
He never got close of playing for a title with his three previous ballclubs. Even his one conference stint with the Hotshots was forgettable as the team struggled big-time during the season-ending Governors Cup despite a lineup that still has the core of its 2014 grand slam unit.
Garcia said he already knew what was coming the moment SMC management called him the day after the draft. He was told not to attend Star practices anymore, and instead instructed to go to the Beermen’s practice by Tuesday.
“Akala ko nga naligaw lang ako,” he said smiling when asked what it was like practicing with the defending Philippine Cup champions for the first time.
The native of Zamboanga City said he’s looking forward of playing for a champion coach in Leo Austria and excited of having a fellow FEU alumnus Arwind Santos for teammate, if the lanky forward stays on with the Beermen.