Will Mike Cortez and Ken Bono wear an MBM jersey?

March 24, 2008

The other day, I learned from an online forum which I frequently visit that my favorite PBA team, Magnolia Beverage Masters (MBM), traded their two Atenean players, LA Tenorio and Larry Fonacier, to Alaska Aces for Mike Cortez and the hefty Ken Bono.

I felt disappointed because I felt that Alaska had the better end of the deal. Cortez, now 27, is already past his prime and just recently had recuperated from an ACL injury. Bono, well in fairness to him, he was not given ample playing time to prove his worth so I would just give him the benefit of the doubt. On the other hand, Tenorio had a good conference and he has shown that he can be the next go-to pointguard of the team. Fonacier, like Bono, was not given enough playing time after he was traded by Red Bull to MBM but he has a Rookie of the Year plum to brag about. So, needless to say, he has already proven his worth.

Just now, I learned that there are rumors that Cortez will just serve as a trade bait for MBM. Talk N Text (TNT) coach Chot Reyes has his eyes on Cortez and was rumored that he offered his pointguard, Jimmy Alapag, for Cortez but Alaska declined the offer. So what MBM reportedly did, they shipped Tenorio and Fonacier (whom Alaska coach Tim Cone was reportedly dying to have) to Alaska so they could have Cortez and possibly, trade Cortez (and Bono) for Alapag (and a future first round pick).

That actually sounds good to me. If ever that a trade between MBM and TNT pushes through, we would now have Alapag (who, IMHO, a better pointguard than Cortez and Tenorio) and a future first round pick (the 08 draft pick offers a pool of talented players like Gabe Norwood, Jervy Cruz, and Rob Reyes among others). Also, we don’t need a hefty player in Ken Bono since the MBM frontline already has a surplus of his kind.

But those were just plain rumors so I won’t celebrate yet. Hehe. What we now have is Mike “the-freakin’-cool-cashin’-cat” Cortez and Ken “I’m-so-heavy-I-can-be-a-sumo-wrestler-aready” Bono. *sighs*

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