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    Is Terrence Romeo thinking of retiring if he wins elusive PBA title with SMB?

    Apr 29, 2019
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    WILL San Miguel winning the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup also mean the end of Terrence Romeo's professional career?

    It seems like the flamboyant guard is mulling the idea.

    "Pag-iisipan ko pa," he admitted Monday after the finals press conference at Sambokojin in Libis.

    This will be Romeo's first trip to the Finals in six years as a pro, and for him, winning the cup would fulfill the checklist he had the moment he got selected fifth in the 2013 PBA Rookie Draft after failed campaigns with NorthPort and TNT.

    Romeo won the UAAP Season 76 MVP award back in 2014 and was named twice in the Mythical Team in his time with the Tamaraws. He has also been named in the PBA's Mythical First Team in 2016 and Second Team in 2015, both as a member of the Batang Pier, and was hailed as an All-Star five times, winning the MVP honors in 2015, in the Visayas leg in 2017, and the Luzon leg in 2018.

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    He also took home the Most Improved Player award in 2015 on top of his three scoring titles, as well as representing the national team a number of times, highlighted by Gilas Pilipinas' silver medal-winning triumph in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship in Changsha, China.

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    The championship, though, is the only hardware that has eluded him throughout his career.

    "Yun lang talaga yung pinaka-dream ko eh, mag-champion sa PBA kasi wala nga akong championship simula college days ko, high school days. Tapos nagcha-champion ako kumbaga sa barangay lang. So yun lang talaga," he said.

    "Isang championship lang."

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      Romeo has also shared the thought with coach Leo Austria, with the three-time Coach of the Year being frank with his advice to the 5-foot-11 guard.

      "The moment he joined our team, we talked about it. What’s lacking in his achievement is winning a championship, and I told him maybe we can help you if you can help us," the mentor said.

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      "One thing na nakita ko sa kanya, every game he’s really focused. But I told him to focus not only on yourself but also on the team. The enormous talent that you have is really something for any team and kailangan mapakinabangan din yan ng teammates mo."

      Romeo hanging his sneakers at the peak age of 27 won't really be a unique occurrence.

      Chris Tiu has decided to leave the game at the age of 33 after six seasons with Rain or Shine, while Jett Manuel chose to end his professional career at the age of 26 after just one season with Ginebra.

      Curiously, those two had a championship under their respective belts before hanging their sneakers for good.

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