WHAT'S wrong with Terrence Romeo?
Fans wonder what had happened to Romeo, who, after debuting this season with 33 points in GlobalPort’s 96-101 loss to NLEX, has seen his playing time and numbers go down dramatically.
After playing 38 minutes against the Road Warriors, the former Far Eastern University star has seen his playing time fall to 28 minutes against Barako Bull, 18 versus Purefoods Star, 14 against KIA Motors and nine against Rain or Shine.
As a result, the flamboyant GlobalPort guard's averages has plummeted to 10.4 points, 2.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 21 minutes in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.
Worse, he has shot just 18.4 percent (7-of-38) in his last four games, including an abysmal (3-of-19) from the three-point zone.
Now a GlobalPort backcourt hailed as a 'three-headed monster' by owner Mikee Romero has relied mostly on veteran Alex Cabagnot and top rookie Stanley Pringle while Romeo continues to cool his heels on the bench.
Asked about Romeo's dwindling role in the team, GlobalPort team manager BJ Manalo hinted that the former UAAP MVP is still very much a part of coach Pido Jarencio's plans.
“Alam naman natin na asset talaga ang tatlo,” GlobalPort team manager BJ Manalo told Spin.ph on Thursday, referring to the trio of Cabagnot, Pringle and Romeo.
“But our goal is to win, not just to be an exciting team.”
There’s no doubt that Romeo brought flare to a franchise that is still searching for its own identity since joining the pro league at the start of the 2012-13 season.
But there's also the problem of the exciting Romeo not being able to fit his game into the system.
Romeo’s agent, Nino Reyes, owner of SMTM talent management, said he has constantly reminded his ward to tune out the distractions and focus on the game the moment he laces his basketball shoes.
“I talked with Terrence last (Wednesday) night after the game (against Rain or Shine). I told him na huwag siya magpa-distract sa mga naririnig or nababasa niya. But the moment he puts on his shoes and steps on the court, just think of basketball,” Reyes said.
From the management's standpoint, Manalo assured GlobalPort fans that the team has no plan to let go of the 22-year-old sophomore guard, saying his time will come as his game matures in the PBA.
But he also made it clear that Romeo still has a lot to learn.
“He’s a vital part of the team, but again, depende din naman 'yan (using Romeo) sa match-ups. Ang kailangan lang naman is makakuha uli siya ng confidence,” explained Manalo.
“He also needs to learn a lot pa sa PBA, pero di naman malayo na maging successful din si Terrence someday sa PBA,” he added.