NEW Petron import Rodney White has allayed fears that he’d be another head case just like the man he has replaced, saying his troubled past is all behind him now.
The former Detroit Piston, hired by the Boosters to replace the banned Renaldo Balkman, admitted he made some mistakes in the past but insisted he's a different man now.
“My not-so-good past? I’ve been hearing that since I was a rookie in the NBA," said White, who according to online reports has faced drug raps as well as gun charges during his time with the Denver Nuggets.
"I’m 32-years-old, man. Everybody matures. Everybody grows and anybody who knows me, knows (reports of my troubled past are) just what you guys call rumors or hearsay through the media,” White told Spin.ph at the end of his first practice with the Boosters on Monday at the Acropolis gym.
“It’s not for me to worry about. For all the fans and stuff like that, I’m a happy person that has three kids. Of course, everybody makes mistakes.”
The 6-foot-9 White arrived on Sunday morning and was in a jovial mood in practice, cracking jokes and trying to connect with his new teammates.
He was also happy to see Dorian Pena and Ronald Tubid, two former teammates during his first tour of duty in the league with Barako Bull in last year’s Commissioner’s Cup.
Picked ninth overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2001 NBA Draft, White said he came back to precisely help Petron sustain its gains before Balkman was banned for life after an attack on teammates in a game against Alaska last week.
“I’ve always been in a situation where there are big expectations, so I always try to ease the situation and you know, get everybody laughing and have that type of energy,” said the 32-year-old University of North Carolina-Charlotte product.
With Petron currently at 6-2 and occupying second place, White said he wouldn’t want to just take over the game, but come in and provide what Petron needs in any given situation.
“I’ll take every team and every situation different. And I bring in leadership because I’ve been in difficult situations where I have to win before,” said White.
“And here, we’ve got some bunch of guys that just makes us dangerous,” White said, making special mention of rookie big man June Mar Fajardo.