THE fact that Talk N Text KaTropa’s Cebuano guard Macmac Tallo has been injured so early in his career is not doing him any favors.
This was the blunt assessment of his head coach, Nash Racela, who advised that the 6-foot-1 guard to prioritize his health first to help him find his feet in the PBA.
Tallo was getting spot minutes behind star guard Jayson Castro in the first two games of the Philippine Cup before an undisclosed ailment sidelined him the rest of the way.
Nevertheless, Racela remarked that he remains hopeful in the potential the two-time Cesafi MVP.
“We drafted Mac because we saw a lot of potential in him as a combo guard,” said Racela in the aftermath of the KaTropa’s stunning move to acquire scoring dynamo and PBA superstar Terrence Romeo.
While the move definitely hands TnT another potent weapon to add to an already dynamic backcourt led by Jayson Castro, Romeo’s arrival has left Tallo potentially out of minutes and out of a precious opportunity to prove himself in the pro league.
But Racela is preaching patience.
“He continues to be a project for us, but not being healthy early in his career is not helping in his development as a player,” Racela said.
Romeo’s arrival draws an eerie parallel to Tallo’s career with the La Salle Green Archers. After moving from Ateneo to the Taft-based school, Tallo was heralded to be La Salle’s next great guard.
However, the arrival of Kib Montalbo from Bacolod was followed by Tallo moving back to his hometown of Cebu where he led Southwestern University-Phinma to two Cesafi titles.
Nevertheless, Racela urged Tallo to get back in top shape and go from there.
“I guess top priority should be his recovery and making sure he is physically fit to compete. This is regardless of whether he is in the lineup or not. Only then can he move forward and see where he stands in the team,” Racela added.