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    Austria hopeful Terrence Romeo can become a team player at SMB

    Jan 2, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    SAN Miguel coach Leo Austria is confident Terrence Romeo will be able to adopt easily to the style of play of the Beermen.

    Romeo was traded to San Miguel amid reports of conflict with a number of teammates at TNT KaTropa, but Austria believes past controversies will not be a factor for Romeo as the enigmatic guard enters a new chapter of his career with the Beermen.

    “It will depend on the environment,” Austria said. “With the environment like this, he has to adopt. Wala naman siya ipagmamalaki dito. We talked about it dahil although he has a lot of achievements individually, I think wala pa siyang championship.”

    Austria said Romeo wants nothing more than to win that elusive championship with the Beermen, based on his initial talks with the former Far Eastern University standout.

    “That’s the first thing he wants to have. He wants to win a championship,” said Austria.

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      In a deep, loaded San Miguel side, Romeo will need to make a lot of adjustments especially on offense, more so since he is known for his one-on-one skills.

      “Kung ang laro niya malimit ang bola sa kanya, mga 60 percent, in this team, they have to share the ball. With his talent, he could help the team. He could ease the pressure from the other guards. That’s a good sign for our team,” said Austria.

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      Austria is confident the entry of Romeo will not disrupt team chemistry, saying the Beermen have gone through worse over the years.

      “Ever since Petron, may nobela na sila noon. Maraming intrigues, maraming issues about the team. But still, magkakasama pa rin sila dahil for the last four years, we are winning a championship, nagma-mature ‘yung mga players eh.

      "After all, they are professionals. They should exercise that kind of attitude. This is not your team. This is our team. And anytime, puwede kaming isa-isa tanggalin dito. They should be loyal to the team,” Austria said.

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