Petron Blaze's Elijah Millsap has no doubt in his mind on who the best import is in the current PBA Governors’ cup.
“Right now I think I am the best import… yes I do!” Millsap told Spin.ph without hesitation in a chance interview on Wednesday. “But I have high respect for other imports. That’s why, I train hard!”
Speaking two days before Petron takes on San Mig in Game One of their best-of-seven championship series, Millsap pointed to the Boosters' impressive record in the season-ending conference to back up his claim.
“I just feel (I am the best import) because of the record that we have now. We only lost twice … so far,” he added.
Millsap, however, was quick to point out that he isn't setting his sight at this point on the best import award, although he admits he will be disappointed if he doesn't win it.
“Will I be frustrated if I don’t get to be the best import? I’ll be pretty angry,” he said with a straight face. “Either way, I get it … I’d be happy. If I don’t, I’d be happy!”
Asked if losing the best import plum will be bad news for San Mig, Millsap replied: “Pretty much! Coz losing it would even motivate me!”
The younger brother of Atlanta Hawks star forward Paul Millsap declared that he came to the country with the sole objective of winning an PBA championship.
“That’s what I came here to do… to win a championship. We got to this point, but I know it’s not gonna be easy,” Millsap said.
“I am not focused on holding the trophy yet … I’m focused on taking one game at a time and not missing a beat against San Mig,” he added.
Millsap, however, is encouraging his teammates to step up.
“One man can’t win it all. One man can’t definitely win a championship. It should be a collective effort. But no worries, we’ve been doing it all year,” he added.
Told about Petron’s struggles in the previous conferences, Millsap was incredulous.
"No, I don’t believe you! There is a lot of talent in this team!"