Scottie Thompson is Gatorade's newest brand ambassador.
"I'm honored and blessed, at the same time sobrang saya kasi naging part ako ng Gatorade family," the 2014 NCAA Most Valuable Player and current Barangay Ginebra San Miguel starter said. "And talagang dream come true for me as a player."
Picking Thompson to join Ginebra teammate LA Tenorio and volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez in Gatorade's impressive roster of local endorsers was a no-brainer. The 6'1" guard from Davao has been the embodiment of hustle and basketball IQ, on his way to being one of, if not the best rebounding guard in the PBA.
According to Pepsico Philippines Marketing Manager for Hydration Irvin Sta. Maria, "Since the beginning of his pro basketball career, Scottie has shown remarkable skill and exemplified grit and passion. As a global brand that has fueled the world’s best athletes, Gatorade has always been at the forefront of supporting up and coming talents like Scottie who are ready to take their games to the next level."
FHM caught up with the three-time All-Star and talked about Ginebra's rough start, his prediction for the NBA Finals, and more:
Your team didn't get things going the way you guys wanted (1-5 win-loss record). How confident are you in Ginebra's 'never say die' spirit?
Para sa'min one game at a time lang ngayon, so playoff mentality na kami coming to the next games. Kailangan na kailangan talaga namin na maipanalo. We need one win lang muna para sa momentum namin. Yun lang ang hanap namin ngayon, one game at a time.
You've been known to do it all on the court—scoring, rebounding, and passing. Which facet of your game do you think still needs improvement?
Kailangan ko pang ma-involve more sa offense, so yun yung wino-work ko talaga sa practice. Hindi naman ako nagmamadali, step by step lang, so siguro darating din sa point na magampanan ko yung role na yun.
Which team are you rooting for in the NBA Finals? Can the Cleveland Cavaliers come back, or will it be the Golden State Warriors all the way?
Prediction ko diyan, Golden State. Siguro 4-1 or 4-2, Warriors.
How important is hydration to a player like you, who logs extended minutes and plays a position that requires constant motion?
Ang laking bagay kasi once na hydrated ka sa game, talagang wala kang ibang iisipin, mababawi yung lakas mo. So, ang laking bagay ng Gatorade kasi before and after the practice or games, yun ang iniinom ko para maiwasan yung dehydration.
You've mentioned earlier that a previous game against SMB was your worst case of dehydration. Can you elaborate?
Oo, sobra. Pinaka-unang experience ko—talagang lahat ng mga physical therapist namin, walang ibang sinasabi (kundi) to drink more fluids. After the game na siya eh, hindi ako nakakain kasi sobrang dehydrated na ko.