Coming off perhaps its worst season in recent memory, TNT is certainly on a fight to reclaim its status as a PBA powerhouse.
The KaTropa missed the playoffs of the 2018 Governors’ Cup, a first for the team in three years. TNT’s didn’t make the semifinals once last season and the team’s last Finals appearance came in 2017.
TNT’s last championship came in 2015.
Safe to say, the KaTropa have struggled quite a bit over the last couple of years and they hope to change that for the new PBA season.
“I think and I’m hoping that all of our players, sana gutom na,” head coach Bong Ravena said.
“I think it’s about time,” he added.
To start this decade off, TNT established a true PBA dysnasty, winning four out of six champinships and becoming the first-ever Perpetual Champions with three straight All-Filipino titles.
But after that last championship in 2015, the KaTropa have failed to consistently live up to expectations and have failed to get past teams from the San Miguel group come playoff time.
“Syempre magsisimula muna yan sa practice, playing together... dun muna yan eh,” Ravena said.
“The rest will just follow,” he added.
TNT, reloaded with new pieces to back up star guard Jayson Castro, will help open the new PBA season Sunday as the KaTropa take on Ginebra at the Philippine Arena.
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