SAN Miguel coach Leo Austria has a lot of reasons to stay positive and confident that the move to get Terrence Romeo is a step in the right direction for the Beermen.
Austria said he was happy with how Romeo’s first day with the Beermen went, seeing the flamboyant guard showcase his talent while teammates welcomed him with open arms.
“Very impressive kung ano ang kakayanan niya. ‘Yung body language ng mga teammates niya, parang welcome na welcome siya. Etong mga players naman namin, very professional,” said Austria.
Romeo’s first day with San Miguel also saw Alab Pilipinas coach come in as the newest member of the Beermen's coaching staff.
He, too, got the same warm welcome, much to Austria's delight.
“Everytime na there is a new player, even kapag import, alam nila kung paano makisama as long as they are working hard for the team. Maganda ang naging pakisama sa kanya. What we’ve seen is iba ang energy na pinapakita ng team because of the excitement,” said Austria.
Minutes before his first day of practice with the Beermen, Romeo also took time to practice his outside shooting together with San Miguel assistant coach Biboy Ravanes.
When he was formally introduced to the team before the start of practice, Romeo received a warm ovation from the team with Ronald Tubid even hugging him to welcome the former Far Eastern University standout.
Romeo also joined in a run-through of one of the team's plays where the former UAAP MVP appeared to adapt quickly.
Based on what he saw, Austria is positive that the chemistry of the team will not be affected by Romeo’s arrival.
“That’s always the question before nung napunta sa amin si Terrence. Pinag-uusapan kasi Terrence deserves longer playing time sa mga teammate niya. But on this team, it would depend on your performance.
"We have a lot of talents here. It will be easier for anybody ngayon kasi hindi sila masusunog dahil ang rotation humahaba ngayon,” said Austria.