It’s every basketball player’s dream to turn pro and play for the big leagues.
And for former University of the Philippines big man Carl Tamayo that dream became a reality when he joined Ryukyu for his first professional stint.
Despite the excitement of playing in the B.League, Tamayo’s debut was benched.
The 6-foot-7 forward did not see action on Wednesday at Okinawa Arena against Kai Sotto and Hiroshima in what could have been a reunion since their high school days.
Nevertheless, Tamayo remains patient and trusting of the process.
“I understand coach Dai (Oketani), you need to gain his trust to be able to play on the court,” said Tamayo shortly after the game.
Tamayo’s debut was initially in the East Asia Super League Champions Week, where he had the chance to show his skills and help his team.
But the B.League is a different playing field. With three imports, the competition is more challenging, and earning a spot in the rotation requires hard work and dedication.
In fact, Ryukyu already has Jack Cooley and Allen Durham to man their frontcourt. And it’s going to be a tough challenge for Tamayo to even get a few minutes from them.
“I’ll just keep on working hard so I’ll be prepared if coach Dai needs me. I’m just happy that we won the game,” Tamayo said.
Despite not seeing action, Tamayo felt the energy of their home crowd and caught up with his Gilas teammate Sotto. Tamayo remains optimistic about his future with the Golden Kings and is eager to face Ray Parks Jr. and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins next Wednesday.
Tamayo’s journey to his B.League debut may have been a patient wait, but he remains focused and dedicated to earning his place in Ryukyu’s rotation. And with his hard work and determination, it’s only a matter of time before he shines in the big leagues.