ROMEO Travis gets a shot at putting one over old pal LeBron James.
The Alaska import vies for the PBA Governors Cup championship as he tries to avoid the fate suffered by his childhood friend who came up short in his quest to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first ever NBA title a few weeks ago.
Travis and the Aces booked a finals berth in the season-ending conference Sunday night after an 82-77 win over Star Hotshots in Game Three to complete a sweep of the best-of-five semifinal series.
But the 30-year-old native of Akron, Ohio was quick to stress he’s not trying to outshine his celebrated teammate at St. Vincent-St Mary High School, adding the Aces themselves have yet to accomplish anything.
“I’m not competing with him winning a championship. I’m just here to do my job,” said Travis, part of the so-called ‘Fab Five’ along with James, Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, and Willie McGee which won for St. Vincent the 2003 national championship.
Travis said he and James, considered the best basketball player in the world today, constantly exchange text messages with each other, and Alaska reaching the finals of the season-ending conference will definitely be brought up.
“I’ll tell him about it,” said Travis.
The former high school teammates were also in touch during the last NBA Finals, when James and the Cavaliers lost in six games to eventual champion Golden State Warriors.
“I’ve tried to always encourage him, and later told him better luck next year,” he said.
Now it’s Travis who needs a bit of luck as the Aces gear up for a searing title series against the winner of the other semifinal pairing between Rain or Shine and San Miguel Beer.
The all-time blocked shots leader of University of Akron hopes the Aces won’t just be satisfied just by reaching the finals.
“We’re really a good team, but we haven’t done anything yet,” he said. “Making it to the finals is Ok, but we’ll don’t settle for second place.”
With the Aces reaching the finals, Travis also looms as a strong contender for the Best Import award, although he credits the batch of imports this conference as a very good one.
“They did a very good job of bringing in good imports this conference, from Orlando Johnson, AZ Reid, to Wendell McKines. It’s just like picking your poison,” he said with a smile.
Travis said he’s not concerned about winning the Best Import award for this tournament, but he’d more than accept the trophy if it also comes with the championship.
“I don’t know (about winning Best Import award). But if it comes with a championship, that would be good,” he said.
It’s Travis’ way of saying ‘We Not Me.’