YOUSEF Taha saw an impressive debut in a San Mig uniform go down the drain after a 94-95 loss to Rainor Shine on Monday night, but the journeyman said he still has a lot to be thankful for.
Coming off the bench in the second half, the journeyman center scored seven points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 21 minutes as he inspired a San Mig comeback from a double-digit deficit in the thrilling PBA Governors Cup match at the Big Dome.
His effort went for naught, however, when Arizona Reid's baseline jumper with 1.1 seconds left stole the win for Rain or Shine, but Taha was still happy to make quite an impression with his fifth team in less than two seasons in the pro league.
At the same time, the San Mig center, the 11th pick overall of the 2012 draft by Air21, said he was happy to be with San Mig team that is going for a rare grand slam compared to being with GlobalPort, which failed to make the playoffs of the season-ending conference.
"Yeah, we didn’t get too many wins at GlobalPort, and then coming here (San Mig), now on the verge of winning a grand slam,” a beaming Taha said after the game. “It’s a good feeling to end up here.”
Over the last 12 months, the energetic slotman has had stops at Ginebra, GlobalPort, Petron and back to GlobalPort at the start of the PBA Governors’ Cup before he ended up at San Mig three weeks ago in a straight swap for Yancy De Ocampo.
“It’s (trades) crazy. I don’t know what to say, it’s like stepping into something," he said.
But while he’s been with several PBA coaches who have taught him valuable lessons in his brief stay in the pro league, Taha had nothing but praise for San Mig coach Tim Cone, who he said is painstakingly pouring in the time to work on his game.
“I do like coach Tim, who is really a great coach. I see why he’s won so many championships,” he said. “He (Cone) said he’s developing me and working on me. He takes time out each day to work with me. I appreciate it a lot."