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    Chris Tiu reconsidering retirement plan: 'I never thought I'd enjoy playing this much in this level'

    Jul 9, 2015
    Chris Tiu says he's enjoying playing with Rain or Shine so much. Jerome Ascano

    CHRIS Tiu on Thursday broke his silence on speculation that he is set to retire from the PBA, saying he is reconsidering his plan to call it a career and hopes to continue playing for Rain or Shine.

    Amid speculation that a series of tweets he fired on Wednesday were hints at retirement, the popular point guard admitted he intended to play for just one contract period when he signed a three-year deal with Rain or Shine after he was made the No. 7 pick overall in the 2012 rookie draft.

    However, the former Ateneo star said he was reconsidering that plan because 'I never thought I would enjoy playing basketball this much in this level.'

    However, Tiu said the question on whether he will continue playing or not is now best directed at Rain or Shine since his contract is up for renewal at the end of August.

    "If you're asking about my PBA status, first of all, you have to ask RoS management if they are still interested to renew my contract," he told Spin.ph. "I cannot just assume that they will keep me. We have not spoken yet."

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    The former Gilas Pilipinas guard then listed down four reasons that convinced him to keep playing amid growing pressure to tend to other pursuits, primarily his and his family's businesses.

    "My teammates are just fun to be with and they are amazing players," said Tiu, who has earned a place in coach Yeng Guiao's regular rotation as a part-time starter in his third season with Rain or Shine.

    "(RoS) owners and management are very easy to deal with and they are like family. No nonsense politics," he added.

    "I like Coach Yeng's style of running a team and his basketball philosophy. I've been learning a lot and it's only recently that I've been able to adjust and get my confidence and rhythm going somewhat.

    "The RoS fans are amazing."

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