Time's up for Miller? Happy Willie content playing 'big brother' to Barako Bull apprentices
Willie Miller isn't through playing, but he's busier playing mentor to young Barako Bull teammates who he has taken under his wings. Jerome Ascano

WILLIE Miller knows he’s now at the twilight of his illustrious PBA career, but Miller time is far from done.

These days, however, the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player is busier these days playing 'big brother' to promising young guns of Barako Bull who he has taken under his wing.

Entering his 15th season, the left-handed guard now mentors younger teammates such as sophomore guards Jeric Fortuna and Carlo Lastimosa, along with newly-acquired RR Garcia.

“That’s what I’m doing. Kasi alam natin ang team, gusto nila bata, so kinakausap natin ang mga bata kung ano gagawin nila in preparation sa game or practice,” the ever-smiling Miller told Spin.ph.

“Yung mga extra work and ethics para mag-disiplina at mga natutunan namin na tricks and makakatulong sa isang player, sine-share namin sa kanila (younger players),” added the 36-year-old guard out of Letran.

Miller's apprentices are expected to grow since Barako Bull owns the No. 3, 8, and 10 picks in the Rookie Draft set this August 24.

“Maganda din 'yung mga magpapa-draft, kasi may talent na at alam natin makakatulong sila. Through right guidance at maka-adjust sa system ng team, I’m sure makakatulong sila (incoming rookies),” he said.

This offseason, the 5-foot-10 veteran said he’s working hard to get in shape in the hope of contributing to the Energy’s title aspirations for the coming 40th season of the league set to kick off this October.

Barako Bull has placed no higher than fourth place in its last 10 conferences in the league.

“Basta laro lang, kasi sa basketball, basta healthy ka saka competitive ka, kumbaga maayos ka pa maglaro, okay ka pa. So ngayon, we’re working slowly para sa mga skills namin,” Miller said.

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