AWARE he’s now in the twilight of his stellar career, Global Port Batang Pier superstar Willie Miller has one more wish he hopes to come true.
The two-time PBA MVP longs to be reunited with college best buddy Kerby Raymundo.
Although long known as close friends, many may not be familiar that it was Miller who approached Raymundo’s parents to allow the then gangling teener to join him and play for Letran in the NCAA.
“Sobrang tuwa ko nun kasi ako ang pinagkatiwalaan nila kay Kerby,” Miller, just days after the death of Kerby’s father, Tatay Robert.
Miller actually drove all the way to Orion, Bataan to pay his last respect to the father of his bosom buddy.
Unfortunately for the two, Miller and Raymundo did not win a championship together at Letran.
And that’s one major reason why the 35-year-old guard with the charismatic smile is more than motivated to play again with the Ginebra big man in the hope of winning a championship together for one final time.
“Pag-alis ko kasi sa Letran saka nag-champion `yung grupo nila Kerby ng sunod-sunod,” he said with a laughter.
“Parang pinag-warm up ko lang sila tuloy,” added Miller, a former NCAA Rookie of the Year.
Miller failed to win a championship with the Knights, while Kerby was a back-to-back winner with coach Louie Alas (1998) and Binky Favis (1999).
“Kaunti na lang ang taon ko sa PBA, kaya sana makasama ko rin si Kerby, para naman matagal-tagal kami magkasama,” said Miller, aware of a recent multi-player trade involving Raymundo that was nipped in the bud.
The pride of Olongapo City teamed up with Raymundo briefly at Red Bull but the partnership didn’t last long after the big fellow was traded to Purefoods.
Asked who between them should switch teams to make the reunion possible, Miller laughed, “Dapat siya ang lumipat, kasi ako babad eh. Baka pag ako ang lumipat sa kanya, pareho kaming naka-upo sa bench. Wala rin.”
Turning serious, Miller stressed he believes Raymundo is still one of the most dominant big men in the league given ample playing minutes and the needed confidence.
“Magaling si Kerby, di lang nabibigyan ng pagkakataon. Masipag yan. Kaya gusting-gusto ko siyang kakampi,” Miller added.