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    Willie Miller admits extra motivation to beat former team Barako: 'May tampo lang siguro'

    Feb 13, 2015
    Willie Miller played his best game in a TnT uniform against former team Barako. Jerome Ascano

    WILLIE Miller played his best game in his PBA return on Friday when Talk ‘N Text turned back Barako Bull, 80-75, in their Commissioner’s Cup matchup.

    The Tropang Texters’ free agent pick-up tormented his former team as he scattered 13 points — all in the middle quarters, on top of four rebounds and one assist in just 14 minutes off the bench.

    Miller admitted he took it personal against his former team to bring his A-game against the Energy, who declined to renew the veteran guard’s contract despite putting up solid numbers last season, leaving him without a team for months.

    “May tampo, tampo lang siguro,” he admitted. “Pero lahat naman gusto naming talunin. Medyo sa akin, parang personal lang na gusto ko talagang talunin.”

    “Tinalo naman namin, so sana hindi na manalo sa amin,” he added with a smile.

    [See Late treys by Castro, Fonacier help TnT deal Barako its first loss]

    Miller, though, said he remains friends with his former teammates, engaging them in small talk during and after the game.

    “Kahit naman sa game, ganun naman tayo; kaibigan naman natin lahat,” he said. “Pero syempre mas maganda pa rin yung tinalo mo sila.”

    Energy coach Koy Banal had an inkling Miller would be extra motivated against Barako.

    “Maybe he believes he has a score to settle with our team,” Banal told Spin.ph. “Kumbaga pagbayarin kami. And we paid dearly for it.

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    “Naramdaman namin yun.”

    The 37-year-old Miller, though, stressed he is far from being in the best shape after a long layoff.

    “Wala pa sa kondisyon eh,” the two-time league MVP said. “Biglaan kasi pagkuha sa akin, so adjustment sa role, sistema, at takbuhan.

    “Kaya may personal na pag-train na extra ngayon, kasi syempre iyun 'yung kailangan.” 

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    Willie Miller played his best game in a TnT uniform against former team Barako. Jerome Ascano
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