Like pal LeBron, Alaska import Romeo Travis says he's above all a team player
“They (Alaska players) are very good team without me, so we’re gonna try to be a great team with me,” says import Romeo Travis. Richard Dy

INCOMING Alaska import Romeo Travis doesn’t envision himself scoring heavily to help the Aces win a championship in the PBA Governors Cup.

Instead, the muscular Travis believes his job is to simply add to what the Aces already have, noting the team already has the size, the experience, the work ethic and the strong chemistry under coach Alex Compton.

“They (Alaska players) are very good team without me, so we’re gonna try to be a great team with me,” Travis told before the team’s practice.

“They already have a really good team and I just wanna kinda add to their team. I don’t want to become the team, but just wanna be a big part of the team to help them win,” he added.

“That’s the type of player I am. I probably won’t ever score like 40 points, but that’s not my game because I’m here just to get rebounds, score and help this team to be better overall.”

Travis showed glimpses of what he can do last week when he joined hands with teammate Calvin Abueva to lead the Aces past San Miguel Beer, 102-98, behind a relentless defensive effort in the homestretch.

The left-handed Travis, a former high school teammate and childhood friend of NBA superstar LeBron James, banged in a three-pointer and added seven defensive rebounds in that stretch to help the Aces win the tune-up match.

Since turning pro in 2007, the 31-year-old former University of Akron forward has played in countries like Israel, Croatia, Ukraine and most recently, Russia.

Although he has spent much of his professional career overseas, Travis said he remains close to James by going back to the US to work out with the four-time NBA MVP during the break.

“We work out together every summer, just bring in the hard work ethic we do every summer,” said Travis, who teamed up with the NBA superstar in leading the St. Vincent-St. Mary high school team to the 2003 national championship.

Travis also follows James’ NBA career closely, noting that James’ unselfish plays makes the Cavaliers superstar such a great player.

“His (James) passing ability, his being unselfish, it’s what sticks out the most to me, very unselfish, very team oriented. He wants to share the ball to his teammates and that’s what I do when I play basketball as well,” he added.


Travis is coming off an impressive stint with the Krasny Oktyabr in the Russian league marked by averages of 11.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 assist in 24 games.

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