THE prospect of losing key players RR De Leon, Med Salim, and RJ Argamino to the PBA doesn't bother Zamboanga Valientes MLV.
Truth is, team owner Rolando "Junie" Navarro was glad they were drafted just after he announced at the exclusive Balesin Island they are among the Valientes competing in the National Basketball League-Pilipinas.
While Navarro is batting for all of them to make the pro ranks, he is giving Argamino the extra push.
That's because Argamino, the tiny but wily point guard from Barangay Sta. Maria in Zamboanga City, will be hard-pressed to seal the deal with Rain or Shine which picked him in the fourth round.
And if Argamino does, Navarro will be grateful because his effort to field an all-homegrown Valientes team will be validated.
“The purpose of Valientes is to expose Zamboangueño players in different big leagues so that their names will be known and eventually be noticed by PBA teams," said Navarro. " We will be happy if they will be signed in the PBA,"
Zamboanga is well known for producing premier point guards like Mark Barroca, RR Garcia, Rudy Lingganay and Jens Knuttel.
According to Mike Tolomia, another Zamboangueño star, Argamino is PBA-ready.
"He already played on all levels of basketball, suiting up for College of St. Benilde in the NCAA, playing for Mindanao Aguilas in the PBA D-League, and in different semi-pro leagues," said Tolomia. "I think he can be a stable back-up point guard for Rain or Shine."
The people of Zamboanga are eager to see another one of their own make it to the PBA.
This was evident with the overflowing support of Zamboangueños in social media, rooting for Argamino, encouraging him to chase his dream and prove he is worthy to be signed up.
For his part, Argamino is staying positive and game-ready. That whenever he will be called to play, he'll deliver for Rain or Shine.
The Valientes MLV management, especially Navarro, will always rally behind these local heroes in their journey towards success. Their victory will be every Zamboangueño’s glory!