PBA: Bonding Beermen? Romeo relishes family atmosphere at San Miguel

Family and love? Terrence Romeo says he feels welcomed by
coach Leo Austria, and new teammates June Mar Fajardo and
the rest of the San Miguel team. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines—A week into the latest chapter of his
basketball career, Terrence Romeo is still adjusting to his new
reality as a San Miguel Beerman. And he is enjoying every
second of it.

Romeo’s turbulent stint with TNT KaTropa abruptly ended in
December, when the team officially placed him on the trading
block midway through the month. He was soon acquired by San
Miguel, the defending Philippine Cup champions, which already
boasts of the most potent starting five in the league.

The flashy guard acknowledged he is still in the process of
learning how San Miguel plays. after all, he has only been
practicing with them for a week, and they spent a chunk of that
time in a team-building seminar.

“Iniisip ko pa kung paano ako makakatulong sa team,” he said
during the PBA Media Day at Solaire on Thursday.

There is no doubting Romeo’s talent or his scoring ability, but
there are plenty of questions about what his role will be in a
loaded San Miguel team that already features the most dominant
player in the league in June Mar Fajardo. Moreover, their
backcourt is as impressive as their frontline, with Chris Ross,
Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter leading the way.

Romeo is not worried about what his role will be, however.

“Wala namang sinabi si coach Leo (Austria) na role na dapat
gawin,” he revealed.

“Kailangan ko lang laruin ‘yung right basketball. Ganoon lang
naman ‘yun eh, kung paano ko mapapadali ‘yung trabaho ng mga
teammates ko, ganoon din ‘yung trabaho ko.”

Indeed, rather than dwell on the questions of how he fits in
San Miguel, how he will play alongside Fajardo, or how he will
have to change his game, Romeo would much rather focus on how
he is enjoying being a part of the Beermen.

“Sobrang saya, kasi dito walang ano eh, basta hindi mo siya
mako-compare sa ibang team,” he said.

“Lahat ng players sobrang open-minded, talagang walang issue,
walang lahat. Family ‘yung treatment.

“Ramdam ko ‘yung welcome nila sa akin, so talagang gusto ko na
matulungan sila.”

The questions of how Romeo will fare as a Beerman will be
answered on Friday, when San Miguel opens its bid for a fifth
straight all-Filipino crown against Columbian Dyip at Cuneta

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