DESPITE his first-ever stint in the Philippine Basketball Association ending heartbreak, Elijah Millsap is eager to return for another tour of duty with Petron next season.
After his failed bid to lead the Boosters to the championship of the Governors Cup and an unsuccessful shot at the Best Import award, the 24-year-old Millsap said he had fun playing for the franchise that he’ll definitely be back for another stint if and when Petron taps his services again.
“It was a great experience. I learned a lot from these guys and they’re competitors. I enjoyed playing with these guys. I enjoyed it,” said Millsap.
The Petron import poured in 25 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and had four assists in his final game in the league, great numbers that went for naught after the Boosters lost to the San Mig Coffee Mixers in the deciding game of the season-ending Finals, 87-77.
“It was just a tough day,” he said of the loss. “We didn’t get to the flow we wanted to get into.”
After playing here, the soon-to-be dad said he’ll take some time off and weigh his options, but will try to work out and stay healthy.
San Mig Coffee counterpart Marcus Blakely also faced the same predicament a season ago when he lost the Best Import award to Jamelle Cornley and the Mixers fell short of winning the Governors Cup crown following a Game Seven loss to Rain or Shine.
Blakely came back this year with a vengeance, distinguishing himself as the Best Import of the season-ending meet and finally winning a championship with San Mig.
Will Millsap take the same path which Blakely did and complete his own unfinished business?
“I can’t say it right now. I just want to recap on the season,” the younger brother of Atlanta Hawk star Paul Millsap said.
“I live in the moment. If I come back, of course I’ll try to run for a championship, that’s what I play for,” he stressed. “Wherever I am, I play for the championship. I play to win.”
In as much as he enjoyed playing for Petron, Millsap said he appreciates very much his teammates and coaches for believing in him.
And for the Petron fans whom Millsap know were disappointed following the team’s loss, he had one heartfelt message for them.
“I want to tell them officially that I’m sorry,” he said.