PBA: From main guy to role player, champ Romeo now knows value of sacrifice


Posted at May 18 2019 09:53 PM | Updated as of May 19 2019 12:20 AM

Terrence Romeo has had to sacrifice a lot to realize his dream of winning a PBA championship.

Two days after accomplishing that with recently crowned all-Filipino titlist San Miguel Beer, the ball dominant guard said giving up some of his old habits has been worth it.

Prior to moving to the Beermen, Romeo was considered the kind of player a team can build around on.

He has achieved numerous individual accolades, mostly because of his knack for getting buckets. Those did not translate, however, to team success.

At San Miguel, where he is surrounded by more battle-tested, title-experienced teammates, one thing Romeo needed to put aside was his ego.

“Nahirapan ako. Sanay kasi ako na nasa akin ang bola. Ako ang nagki-create para sa kasama ko. Minsan hindi ako nagki-create eh, ako lang lagi ang tumitira,” he said in an interview on DZMM’s “Fast Break” on Saturday.

Romeo said that by committing to a supporting role with the Beermen he matured.

“Natutunan ko po na mag-adjust at tanggapin kung anong role ang ibinigay sa akin. Kumbaga naging part din ng maturity ko ’yun sa SMB,” he said.

Now that he has already won a championship, he said he is eyeing more titles with coach Leo Austria, dispelling reports, too, that he plans to retire.

“Parang naging biruan lang po naming ’yun,” he said.

“Kasi kumbaga nakuha ko na ’yung ilang individual award, ’yun na lang po ang hindi ko makuha. Sabi ko, ‘Anu ba ’yan parang malabo talagang makuha? ’Pag nag-champion magretire na lang.”

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