LA Tenorio is currently among Barangay Ginebra's most recognizable players, as he has been instrumental in helping the team win four PBA titles since 2016.
But Tenorio acknowledged he was reluctant at first to join Ginebra when the trade was being processed between Alaska and Ginebra in 2012. He was part of a 6-player deal at the time.
In an interview on "Sports Lock and Loaded" forum, Tenorio recalled having a conversation with then Alaska coach Luigi Trillo.
"To be honest, when coach Luigi told me that I'll be traded to Ginebra, to be honest, hindi ako pumapayag," Tenorio said.
Before the trade, the 5-foot-9 Tenorio was on an emotional high after his stint with the national team at the 2012 Jones Cup, where the Filipinos beat the US and he was named tournament MVP.
Tenorio said back then that a trade was unthinkable because Alaska was virtually Ginebra's archrival.
"I was really at home na sa Alaska, ayaw ko na ng bagong environment. OK na'ko. That was after we won the Jones Cup," said Tenorio. "Bakit may ganoon, all of a sudden tinerade ako? MVP ako sa Jones Cup."
But Tenorio said things turned out for the better after he was warmly received by the Ginebra fans.
"When I transferred to Ginebra, grabe ang reaction ng mga fans, also the players. Nakakatuwa," he recalled.
But that trade was easier to accept, he said, compared with the time when San Miguel Beer, the team that picked him in the 2006 draft, shipped him to Alaska.
"Masakit honestly, napaiyak ako," said Tenorio.
"Doon ko na-realize this is part of our job, but you just have to obey the rules and respect the decision."
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