Troy Rosario hopes to help change the culture of Blackwater by bringing all the lessons and experience he garnered during his time with TNT.
The veteran forward has taken the initiative in doing so together with another ex-Tropang Giga in Gab Banal, aiming to turn the Bossing into a legit contender by instilling the same winning pedigree the flagship MVP franchise has.
“‘Yung winning culture ng Talk N Text, alam naman natin na … hindi naman sa pag-aano pero lacking sa Blackwater,” he offered.
“Pinag-usapan namin ni Gab na if we can change the culture of the team, madala namin ‘yung winning culture na natutunan namin sa kabilang team, I think makakatulong sa team, sa mga players, tsaka sa management.”
The two showed how much they want to bring that change when Blackwater faced Phoenix in PBA Commissioner’s Cup action, Saturday night.
Rosario finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Banal tallied all-around numbers of 10 markers, five boards, five dimes, and four steals as the Bossing chalked up win no. 1 through a 97-85 decision.
It was a fitting debut as well for the Gilas Pilipinas stalwart, who missed their conference opener last Wednesday that saw the squad absorb a humiliating 46-point defeat at the hands of Myles Powell and guest team Bay Area.
“He knows what to do,” lauded coach Ariel Vanguardia of Rosario.
“Dalawa o tatlong practice pa lang ‘yan pero alam naman niyan kung paano. Medyo nalilito sa rotation kasi I’m playing to play him at the 3 and he’s a natural 4.
“Pero, kaya naman,” he added. “Kumbaga sa computer, mataas naman ‘yung memory niya. Kaya we’re so lucky to have him. Veteran with something to prove this conference. Sana hulog ng langit talaga. Huwag lang mapulot ng iba.”
Rosario is undeniably one of the biggest names to land in Blackwater but he isn’t thinking all about it as he simply wants to help.
“Pagdating namin ni Gab [Banal] sa practice talagang nag-sample na kami. Sabi nga ni Kuya JVee na baka magulat kami. Pero sabi namin, kami mag-aadjust para sa kanila,” the one-time PBA champion said.
The second game of each PBA gameday is live-streamed on SMART Sports.