SOL Mercado deemed it unfair that there are those people who are labeling as unfair the trade that brought them along with two other former Barangay Ginebra stalwarts to NorthPort in exchange for high-scoring Stanley Pringle.
The veteran guard said they just don’t know the kind of sacrifices he, Kevin Ferrer, and Jervy Cruz made just to make sure the kind of success the Kings are enjoying right now.
Eventually, Mercado said Pringle, last year’s league scoring leader, will also have to do the same thing if the league’s most popular ballclub will continue with its winning tradition.
“What they didn’t realize was that they saw the trade as one-sided because they see that Stanley is obviously one of the best guards (in the league) puts up 30 points a game or whatever,” said Mercado.
But what they didn’t realize was that at GInebra, we made a lot of sacrifices. Me, Kevin, and Jervy, we made a lot of sacrifices for the betterment of the team,” he added.
“I don’t think people don’t understand that it’s not we can’t play this style of game. Obviously, Stanley here (GlobalPprt) had the ball in his hands 85 percent of the time, and with Ginebra, that’s not going to happen.
“He has to make sacrifices as well if they want to win. “So he’s not going to average 30 points a game, it’s not going to happen with the ball in his hands majority of the time.”
That’s definitely a far cry from the system Pringle has come accustomed to playing at NorthPort in the first six years of his pro career.
“He has to adjust and make sacrifices and be able to play a different style,” added Mercado, who finished with 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists as a starter in the Batang Pier’s 127-99 blowout win of Blackwater Saturday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, his first with the team since the shocking trade.
“Over here obviously is a different style. You play with the ball, you play fast-paced, so it’s definitely an adjustment.”
The entry of the three ex-Barangay Ginebra players helped the Batang Pier to raise its record to 7-1 overall for a tie with TnT Katropa for the lead.
Mercado said he has begun to accept whatever role he will be given at NorthPort.
“We’re going to embrace it. And it’s a new chapter for all of us. Hopefully, we can continue to continue the wins,” he said.