The extreme former life of Ginebra star Scottie Thompson
Paul Lintag on Feb 23, 2017 12:07 PM
Scottie Thompson used to drag race and ride BMX bikes. We kid you not.
For a guard that stands barely above six feet, Scottie Thompson sure has a knack for gobbling up rebounds as if he's five to six inches taller.
Through the elimination round of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, Scottie averaged 10.4 rebounds per game, good for fourth behind 6'11" June Mar Fajardo (16.0 rebounds), 6'9" Raymond Almazan (11.6 rebounds), and 6'5" Sean Anthony (10.7) rebounds. Again, Thompson stands barely above six feet, and he's a guard.
With the sophomore star doing the dirty work down low, among other things, Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel is back in the PBA Finals.
And before you accuse of Scottie having special powers or magnets or something because the ball almost always end up in his possession, Scottie does have a strange past that may explain his affinity for the extreme and hauling down rebounds and other stuff for the barangay.
We're talking about volleyball, dance, drag racing with motorcycles, and BMX biking.
Let Scottie explain for himself.
"Varsity ako samin sa basketball pero ang dami kong sports. BMX. Di pa ako mahilig sa basketball nun," Thompson said, recalling his days growing up in Davao del Sur.
"Kung ano sinasalihan ko nun—sayaw, volleyball. Kahit ano. Naloko din ako sa motor, sa drag race. Siguro, dun ko rin nakuha yung pagiging versatile ko. Kahit anong nilalaro kong sports dati, ganun kasi sa probinsya kung ano lang uso," he added.
Wow Scottie, BMX bicycles? Really?
For those who may not be familiar with what those are, BMX bikes are those off-road sports bicycles that people mainly use to do crazy and fancy stunts.
Turns out, the typically low-key Scottie was 'bout that life. And he has the scar to prove it.
"Dito nga, natusok ako sa manibela," he said, pointing to a scar on his neck. "Wala eh, pinalipad ko. Tapos [inikot] ko yung manibela, pag land ko di na bumalik."
"Tapos pag-uwi ko naka [takip damit sa leeg] ako kasi papagalitan ako," he added.
After turning his back on the extreme, Scottie has had quite a basketball career, which is good news for Ginebra fans.
So far in his young PBA stint, Thompson has been to the Finals in two out of four conferences, hoping to give the barangay back-to-back titles.
"Unang-una nagpapa-salamat ako kasi youngest ako dito uli," Scottie said. Panagalawa ko na to, sobrang blessed and sobrang thankful kay God."
In the Philippine Cup, the Gin Kings now face two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer, a matchup that hasn't been seen in 10 years or since Mark Caguioa and Jay-jay Helterbrand led Ginebra in a six-game conquest of Danny Seigle and the Beermen.
While he was already a basketball fan then, Scottie couldn't even remember if he even watched that series. He was still probably busy with his bike.
"Malamang nasa Digos pa ako nun. High School, mga first year pa ako, magse-second year," he said.
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