PBA: Carey's full focus on titles in what could be last season for TNT

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 31 2020 05:26 PM

TNT's Harvey Carey is also contemplating retirement. PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines -- Harvey Carey is among the veterans who could be walking away from the PBA at the end of the season.

The TNT forward has not made a final decision yet, but admits that this "potentially" could be his last year in the professional league.

"Maybe," Carey said when the PBA opened its 45th season last March 8. "I'm not closing the door, but potentially, it could be, yes."

Since entering the PBA in 2003, Carey has spent his entire career with the KaTropa. He has been a defensive rock for TNT, often serving as the team's stopper during import conferences despite being undersized. 

While he is coy about his final decision, Carey is certain about his goal heading into his 17th season in the PBA.

"I haven't made an announcement that it will be my last, but if it is, then hopefully we win a championship," he said. 

"(I'm) just approaching it like I always do, just enjoying each day and enjoying my teammates and having the same goal -- to win a championship every conference," he added.

Their focus is currently on the All-Filipino conference -- a tournament that has been dominated by San Miguel Beer since 2015. Carey believes that their current squad has what it takes to return to the top.

"I think the last time we won an All-Filipino was 2013," he said. "We have a solid team now, and hopefully, we can start gelling at the right time and bring another All-Filipino back to TNT."

Crucial in their hopes is the addition of Poy Erram. The center, acquired via trade with NLEX, gives the KaTropa an inside presence that they have lacked in previous conferences.

"It's common knowledge that we've been lacking a legit center over the years," said Carey. "He'll help us a lot with shot-blocking and rebounding. He's a very skilled, offensive player. So all around, he will help us across the board."

Carey and the KaTropa have yet to play in the All-Filipino conference, as the PBA suspended all of its activities after opening day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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