Exclusive Interview with Slingers newest ASEAN import, Kris Rosales

Last week, the Slingers announced the signing of their only ASEAN import, a point guard, Kris Rosales, who would replace Al Vergara.

While the 22-year old 6’0 Fil-Am point guard is a new name to the island state of Singapore, he is no doubt a big name in the Philippines, as one of the first pure Filipinos out of an American college to have a decent shot at the NBA.

Till date, Kris has had workouts with NBA teams such as the Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers and the Sacramento Kings.

Kris Rosales working out for the Brooklyn Nets

Kris Rosales working out for the Brooklyn Nets

He has since come a long way, from the states to the Philippines, where he played in the PBA D-League, and finally down to Singapore.

Slingers Nation managed to catch up with Kris Rosales over the weekend and conducted an exclusive interview with the team’s newest ASEAN import.

SN: Hi Kris, it’s a pleasure to meet you. We were indeed surprised to see your name on the Slingers 2016 roster. How did you get call up to play for the Singapore Slingers.

KR: My agent Charlie Dy provided me with the opportunity to try out with the Slingers. That’s how I got here.

SN: Prior to the Slingers where else did you play professionally?

KR: I played in the PBA D-league for one season prior to joining the Slingers. I suited up for Jumbo Plastic and Tanduay Light in the Philippines.

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SN: Have you been given any monikers as basketball player? If so, what do they call you? 

KR: No monikers here in Singapore (yet), but in the Philippines, my friends called me “Baby Jap” because I look similar to Japeth Aguilar who plays for Ginebra in the PBA.

SN: Can you share with us your all-time favourite basketball moment?

KR: That would be playing in the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

SN: And your favourite NBA Team?

KR: My favorite NBA team, that would be the Los Angeles Lakers.

SN: That’s my favourite NBA team too. Well, what are you looking to bring to the Slingers? Could you describe your game?

KR: I look to bring energy on both the defensive and offensive end. I am a playmaker on both ends. I like to create turnovers with on ball defense, and I like to attack in transition and find my teammates. That’s my game!

Second Round action at the 2013 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball National Championship, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri. photo: CIPhotography.com

SN: What are you looking forward this coming season?

KR: I’m looking forward to helping the Slingers win in any way possible, and of course, to have a memorable season with my teammates, coaches, and the fans.

SN: How has Singapore been treating you so far?

KR: I love Singapore. It is my first time here and I can’t wait to explore the city.

Catch Kris Rosales play live on 8 November 2015!

Catch Kris Rosales play live on 8 November 2015!

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