Cyrus Baguio said he holds no ill feelings on Alaska, which on Wednesday, shipped him to Phoenix in exchange for the Fuel Masters’ 2 future second-round draft picks.
The 6-foot-2 Baguio had his first DNP (did-not-play) for the season though, not because he was injured, but because of his lack of familiarity with the Fuel Masters’ system during the team’s 108-103 loss to Meralco Friday night.
The 35-year-old veteran said his first practice with Phoenix on Thursday was actually cut short because of a scheduled meeting with Alaska big boss Wilfred Steven Uytengsu that overlaps with the Fuel Masters’ practice.
“Meron akong meeting kay WSU (Uytengsu) kaya nagmadali ako,” Baguio told PBA sportswriters after the game. “Nakakahiya kasi na ako pa hintayin ni boss Fred though nakapag-viewing ako run at nag-play saglit, pero sobrang iksi eh so di enough para gamitin ako ni coach.”
While Baguio could have used his veteran experience during the crucial stretch of the last quarter, he wouldn’t want to take the spot of any of his teammates, who worked hard during practice.
“Sinabi niya (Vanguardia) na pang-emergency lang ako pero alam ko naman di ako gagamitin dahil unfair sa iba na matagal nag-practice,” explained the 2007-2008 Most Improved Player.
“Saka alam ko kailangan ko mag-practice para makuha ko yung ibang plays.”
Baguio won 2 PBA championships with the Aces during his 6-year tenure, including a 2010 Finals MVP during the Fiesta Conference.
He was also part of the 4 runner-up finishes in the last 5 conferences that Alaska had achieved during the past 2 seasons.
But he admitted that he never saw the trade coming, especially since he’s already established close relationships with his teammates and their wives.
“Nung una medyo na-shock ako pero after namin mag-usap ni boss Fred, naintindihan ko na at wala naman tampuhan,” shared the 14th overall pick in the 2003 PBA Draft.
“Masakit, dahil naka-close ko mga teammates at mga asawa nila, tapos nag-champion din,” he added.
“Mahirap pero kailangan mag-move on, so siguro, 2 to 3 years pa, kaya ko pa naman maglaro.”
Baguio is expected to play his first game in a Phoenix uniform come Sunday when the Fuel Masters collide with reigning PBA Governors Cup champion San Miguel Beer. – By Richard Dy
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