TROY Rosario has no regrets that he ended up with a loaded Talk ‘N Text side instead of a Mahindra team that could’ve been the perfect launching pad for his PBA career.
This year’s second overall pick officially became a Tropang Texter on Thursday when he signed a three-year deal that marked the completion of his transfer from the young Enforcers, where he was expected to receive extensive playing time right away in his rookie year.
“Okay lang ipagpalit ko yung heavy minutes sa Mahindra sa winning tradition (sa Talk ‘N Text),” the 23-year-old Rosario said. “Willing ako i-accept yung challenge na mapasama sa winning tradition kahit magsisimula ako sa baba, okay lang.”
The athletic 6-foot-7 forward/center will now share minutes with fellow stretch-4 Ranidel de Ocampo and top pick Moala Tautuaa in a new-look Talk 'N Text frontline.
“Kahit maging second stringer, third stringer ako sa Talk ‘N Text, okay lang,” Rosario said.
Still, the National University product believes he will gain enough exposure at TNT to prove his worth.
“Sa tingin ko, kahit saang team naman siguro bibigyan ako ng pagkakataon para mapatunayan ko yung sarili ko as number two eh.”
Rosario, though, admitted he was surprised when Mahindra dealt him.
“Nakakabigla din kasi akala ko talaga nung sinabing walang mangyayaring trade nung draft day, parang sabi ko hindi na ako malilipat.”
But the Gilas Pilipinas pool member believes the Enforcers got a fair deal in the exchange that saw them get two veterans in fellow national team hopeful Aldrech Ramos and Niño Canaleta.
“Baka gusto rin talaga ng (Mahindra) yun,” Rosario said. “Hindi rin talo yung (Mahindra) ‘dun kasi dalawa din yun (kapalit) eh.”