By Michael Angelo S. Murillo<brSenior Reporter
JOINING an already “made” team, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) star guard Terrence Romeo knows he has to do his share in fitting in with a team like the San Miguel Beermen. It is a process the explosive player said he recognizes and is willing to do.
Acquired by the Beermen from the TNT KaTropa in exchange for auxiliary players David Semerad and Brian Heruela and a 2021 first-round draft pick, the three-time league scoring leader said he is out to get a fresh start with the PBA Philippine Cup defending champions and rise over the bad rap thrown at him of late.
But the former Far Eastern University standout knows to fit in with the Beermen much of the adjustments falls on his shoulders.
“San Miguel is already a champion team. I have nothing to brag about with these players. On my part I’ll just do my best to help the team in any way I can,” said Mr. Romeo in the vernacular as he started practicing with his new team in the lead-up to the new PBA season which rolls off on Jan. 13.
“I’m willing to learn from them as much as I hope to share what I know with my new teammates,” he added.
Used to playing a lot of minutes while with the GlobalPort Batang Pier and TNT, Mr. Romeo shared he has no problems with a reduced log time on the court with San Miguel, especially if it is to be done to give themselves a better chance of winning.
“I have no problems getting limited minutes. All of us have the same goal, which is to win. As long as we are winning I don’t mind my minutes,” he said.
As to the fallout he had with the TNT organization that reportedly led to his exit from the team after a short stay, Mr. Romeo said he is putting everything in the past and is now moving on.
“I’m not mad at Boss MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan); he is a very good person. I have no ill feelings with TNT,” Mr. Romeo reiterated.
Prior to being traded, reports had it that Mr. Romeo had exhausted his welcome with the KaTropa, with some players said to have moved to have him scratched from the team.
Mr. Romeo was acquired by TNT from GlobalPort in a midseason trade last year.
Coming from where he is, Mr. Romeo said there is no other way to go about it but to move forward.
“All the bad memories from 2018 I’ll just leave behind. I’ll just enjoy my time with my new team and move on,” Mr. Romeo said.
With the addition of Mr. Romeo, San Miguel fortified its backcourt some more as he joins forces with old reliables Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter and young veteran Von Pessumal as well as fellow add-on Paul Zamar and returning Ronald Tubid.