MACMAC Tallo had tempered hopes heading into his rookie season in the PBA.
After surprisingly getting picked ninth in the first round of the PBA draft by Talk N Text, the former two-time Cesafi MVP from Southwestern University-Phinma held no visions of grandeur for his rookie season, especially in a KaTropa backcourt led by veterans Jayson Castro and RR Garcia.
Now with superstar guard Terrence Romeo added to the mix by way of the blockbuster trade that was consummated on Tuesday afternoon, Tallo is faced with no clear path to minutes on the floor and, worse, no opportunity to prove himself worthy of a spot in the pro league.
But that isn’t stopping the second-generation PBA player from preparing to bounce back after his stint in the first conference was cut short by an ailment.
“I actually don’t know how I feel right now. Alam ko na before pa na mangyayari yung trade. Di lang ako makapaniwala na andyan na pala,” said Tallo.
Nevertheless, the 6-foot-1 Cebuano guard asserted he isn’t going to hang his head over a matter that he has no control over. Rather, it hardened his desire to work on his game some more and be ready for when his number is called.
“Kahit ganito man, second or third or kahit pa fourth stringer, tatanggapin ko. I just have to double what I have been doing since the very start,” Tallo said.
“Kung ano man binigay sa akin malamang may purpose si God. So I just have to do my best every practice,” he added.