VETERAN Danny Seigle couldn’t help but get excited as the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup playoffs get going on Tuesday, aware he has another shot at winning a league championship now that he is with Talk `N Text.
The 37-year-old power forward was acquired by the Talk 'N Text franchise at the start of the 39th season, giving him another shot at a possible title considering the talent, championship experience, and the winning mentality of the reigning three-time all-Filipino champions.
Seigle won the last of his six PBA championships back in the 2009 Fiesta Cup when he was still one of the pillars of Petron.
“Definitely, I want to get there (championship). That’s everyone’s goal and everyone’s dream to get back that feeling. I hope we can do it now, sooner than later cause I get old,” the former Wagner College standout said with a laugh in a talk with Spin.ph.
“I’m just really looking forward to it (playoffs). It’s a pleasure to be on this team,” Seigle added, days before Talk 'N Text begins its best-of-three quarterfinal series against San Mig Coffee.
Prior to his acquisition by the Tropang Texters, Seigle never came close to a title in two seasons with Barako Bull. Now he feels he has a legitimate shot at a championship once again - no longer as a star but in a supporting role for a "well-oiled" Talk 'N Text machine.
“They (Talk ‘N Text teammates) have all the experience. I’m just here to complement them anyway I can," said the veteran forward. "I mean, they are a well-oiled machine so whatever they need me to do, how much, how less, I’m here to help.”
The four-time Finals MVP is averaging 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 19.5 minutes of play for the Tropang Texters, proof that he could still play at a very high level despite the long mileage in his pro career.
“I’m really doing and working my legs a lot with the trainer here,” said the 1999 Rookie of the Year. “He’s done a great job but honestly, I get easy shots on offense when playing with these guys.”