PBA: Import embraces the pressure of TNT's upcoming title chase
Paul Lintag on Apr 13, 2018 09:58 AM
Fortunately, the KaTropa found an import who actually likes pressure and Jeremy Tyler is ready to deliver. (AP File)
TNT has a lot of reasons to perform well in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
For one, the KaTropa were a pair of wins short from winning the whole thing last year.
TNT is also coming off a surprisingly-awful All-Filipino stint and the flagship MVP franchise definitely want to wash the bad taste away as soon as possible.
Finally, the KaTropa have acquired star scorer Terrence Romeo to complete a full rebuild of their backcourt. TNT has a lot of reasons to perform well in the mid-season joust.
The pressure is on.
Fortunately, the KaTropa found an import who actually likes pressure and Jeremy Tyler is ready to deliver.
"I don't shy away from it, I invite it. Pressure to me is my pleasure," Tyler said.
"So it's like, when the pressure is on, it feels good. It's what you work hard for every day in practice. When you’re on your own and you’re watching the game and you’re visualizing, you know all that is preparing you for pressure. So I think everybody works hard enough to be ready for it," he added.
A former Golden State Warrior, the towering Tyler understands that his team is not quite there yet when it comes to contending for a title.
The key word is "yet."
With the additions of players like Romeo, and Jericho Cruz late in the Philippine Cup for that matter, plus some guys coming back from injury, Tyler feels TNT is on its way to figuring things out sooner rather than later.
"These tuneup games really help us. I can see a difference from the last game to this game. So like I said, once we get our guys that are out back in, then coach got the rotation going, we should do special things," he said.
"We got like a solid 10 days or maybe 11 days till the first game so a couple more practices, tuneup games and we will be able to mesh really well," he added.
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