TERRENCE Romeo refused to dwell on “what ifs” and instead is focusing on “what could be” for GlobalPort.
It has been three years since the Batang Pier superstar took the league by storm, but not a few people are still wondering what could’ve been had he ended up at Barangay Ginebra, which owned the 2014 rookie draft’s fourth pick that they used on James Forrester instead of Romeo.
But Romeo, eventually selected by GlobalPort with the fifth overall pick, insisted there’s no extra eagerness every time he faces the team that passed on him.
“Wala naman (added motivation),” Romeo said after torching the Gin Kings for 35 points in their 91-84 win on Sunday night. “Yung drafting, hindi ko na iiniisip yun. Sure by that time, kung ano yung dinraft ng coaches, that time, yun yung mga need nilang players. I respect that.”
“Ang mahalaga, kung saan man kami mapuntang team, every game, ibibigay namin yung best namin, ibibigay namin yung heart namin,” he added.
Still, it would’ve been a sight to see the crowd-favorite Romeo playing for the league’s most popular team and its legion of fans.
But the 24-year-old cager stressed his is content where he is right now.
“Kumbaga wala kaming regret,” Romeo said. “Magiging masaya kami para sa isa’t isa, kahit dun sa na-draft before sa amin.”
“Wala akong galit,” the former UAAP MVP out of Far Eastern University added. “Ang gusto ko lang, dun sa bawat team na pumili samin, magampanan yung roles namin.”
Ginebra also owned that year's first overall pick, which it used on Greg Slaughter, while Star (then San Mig Coffee) and Rain or Shine, which owned the next two picks, likewise picked big men in Ian Sangalang and Raymond Almazan, respectively.
Romeo, who was included in last season’s Mythical Five, is hell bent on carrying the Batang Pier to greater heights. His immediate goal is to match their feat in the last edition of the all-Filipino conference where they reached the semifinals for the first time, at the expense of – you guessed it – Ginebra in the quarterfinals.
“Pag nandun na kami sa situation na yon, dun ko lang masasabing pwede na kaming mag-compete,” Romeo said.
He likes what he sees with the present-day GlobalPort team - and with good reason.
“Basta ang masasabi ko lang sa team namin, bawat isa, unti-unti nalalaman yung role niya,” he added. “Bawat isa, after nung game sa Alaska, alam na ang mistakes…nagadjust sila going to this game.”