GLOBALPORT import Omar Krayem isn’t worried about the physical game in the PBA, saying it is actually good for the fans.
Krayem, a Palestinian point guard who has resided the last two and a half years in Sweden, saw Game Seven of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals won by Talk ‘N Text over Rain or Shine, taking notice of the high emotions and rugged plays by both squads.
“I watched the game. It’s a crazy, good game, great game for the fans, great atmosphere, very physical. I like that,” Krayem told Spin.ph.
Krayem, Globalport's Asian import who was officially measured at 5 feet 11 inches at the PBA’s head office on Thursday, explained that it is understandable for players to play a lot more physical since the league championship is at stake.
“Basketball is a physical game. I like playing physical, physical but not dirty. And I play hard,” he said.
“But it’s Game Seven and people want to win, a lot of emotion, so I understand the physicality. There were some dirty plays and a lot of acting,” added the 28-year-old Krayem, who been playing in the Swedish pro league the last two years.
The cat-quick Krayem is confident of the GlobalPort setup, saying he and backcourt stars Terrence Romeo and rookie Stanley Pringle form a “three-headed guard monster” for the Batang Pier.
“I bring leadership and I’m an experienced basketball player,” said Krayem, who averaged 20.7 points, 7.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals for Umea in the 2014-15 season of the Swedish basketball league.
“But we have some good guards now with Terrence and Stanley, and we’re just like a three-headed guard monster and we’ll do our thing,” he added.