Rather than sulk, GlobalPort rookie Jonathan Grey tries to put things into perspective after playing his first game in a neon green uniform on Wednesday since being part of the 4-team trade that took place early this week.
Incidentally, the former St. Benilde gunner played against his former team Meralco, the team that selected him seventh overall in last year’s PBA Rookie Draft.
And Grey didn’t hold back on what’s the glaring difference playing for Meralco and GlobalPort at this point.
“Eh ‘di ano, sayang ang mga bonus,” Grey said with a laugh, moments after GlobalPort shocked league-leader Meralco, 94-86 in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup clash at the Mall of Asia Arena. “Ano pa ba ang panghihinayangan mo doon ‘di ba? ‘Yun lang pero ganoon ang buhay eh, ganoon ang basketball, ganoon ang PBA.”
Knowing that trades are part of life in pro basketball, Grey, this early in his PBA career, has learned to accept it.
“I have to face reality na ganyan talaga dito, kumbaga gagawin mo lang everyday gagalingan mo lang para sa team mo,” he added.
And though he just finished with 3 points, Grey liked what he saw from GlobalPort which also paraded a new import in Justin Harper.
“Ang ganda ng itinakbo namin ‘di ba? Kumbaga first game pa lang, first time pa lang namin nagkita-kita okay na lahat, sana lang magtuluy-tuloy,” he said.
But he did say he still has a long way to go in adjusting to his new team, though Grey is thankful that his teammates are helping him adjust quick.
“Parang nakakapanibago lang na iba ang team ko, pero alam ko lahat ang ginagawa nila eh so medyo madali sa akin,” said Grey, who averaged 4.0 points and 1.5 rebounds for the Bolts before he was traded.
“Pero masaya ako sa panalo namin though syempre, close din ako sa kabila (Bolts) eh so alam ko ang nafi-feel nila ngayon,” he added.
“Noong una, nalulungkot ako kasi nasanay na ako doon sa Meralco pero siguro pagdating ng panahon naman okay naman dito ‘di ba? So adjust lang.”
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