Pessumal unmindful of expected ‘reduced’ minutes in new team SMB

Sweet-shooting rookie Von Pessumal won’t mind losing ample playing minutes after being traded by GlobalPort to Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer in exchange for seldom-used Arnold Van Opstal on Monday.

by Jason Mercene

“I’m thankful for San Miguel ‘cause they had (showed) interest in me,” Pessumal said after attending Gilas’ practice on monday. “I’m just excited to play for them, learn from the championship culture they have over there and see how we can help any way in practice and games, any way that they ask me, they want me to help out, I’ll help out in any way.”

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For San Miguel, a team that is just coming off a back-to-back titles this season, Pessumal will join an already crowded backcourt that includes Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Ronald Tubid.

The former Ateneo sharpshooter logged in an average of 15.2 minutes per game in his first two conferences with GlobalPort—an exposure he might not enjoy under head coach Leo Austria’s system.

But that’s far from Pessumal’s mind as he moves over to the most successful PBA franchise.

“My whole life I really prided my game on just winning. I don’t really think or care about the individual stats or the accolades,” he said. “Para sa akin basta manalo yung team. Now sakto I’m coming to a winning team. I just wanna help out.”

“Whether I play one minute, I play two minutes, five minutes, ten, whatever. If I have to help out in practice and go hard in practice ok lang sa akin basta manalo kami. So good situation for me,” he stressed.

Though also confused how the deal was struck, given the 2-season, no-trade clause as agreed upon by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the PBA, Pessumal enjoyed the idea of learning from Lassiter and Cabagnot right after playing with Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle.

“When GlobalPort drafted me, I got to watch Stan (Pringle) and Terrence (Romeo) practice. I got to guard them in practice. Now parang ano talaga eh, sakto for me. I get to watch Marcio and Alex play,” he said. “So just to watch them in practice and learn from their moves and maybe just pick their brain from time to time asking them questions so I feel like I’ll learn a lot and improve more”

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