PBA: Romeo does not care if you think all his shots are forced
Paul Lintag on Apr 28, 2018 10:19 PM
"Nagiging forced shot lang naman pag sablay para sakin. Pero pag na-shoot yun, wala naman sila masasabi, tatahimik sila lahat," --- Terrence Romeo. (PBA)
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Terrence Romeo heard all of his critics.
He does not care.
After his second game with TNT in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Romeo took the time to address those who question his sometimes-poor shot selection.
Terrence's argument is basically who's brave enough to take those kind of shots if not him?
And if he makes most of them, as was the case before his recent injury, do they still count as bad shots?
"Kasi kailangan ko rin naman itira eh, wala ako magagawa. Kailangan ko din kasi itira yun eh. Wala na ako pakealam kung ano isipin ng ibang tao na ay forced shot. Nagiging forced shot lang naman pag sablay para sakin. Pero pag na-shoot yun, wala naman sila masasabi, tatahimik sila lahat," a defiant Romeo said.
"Kung hindi ko ititira yun, hindi ko mararating yung gusto kong level, kung ano yung gusto... paano ko mababalik yung dati. Kasi pagka hinayaan ko lang na makinig ako sa sasabihin ng ibang tao na ah buwaya, tira ng tira.... pagkanagpa-apekto ako dun sa mga ganung tao, kumabaga wala naman akong pake sa kanila at di naman sila makakatulong sakin. So gagawin ko lang yung tingin ko na makakatulong para sa career ko," he added.
In the win against Phoenix Saturday at the Ynares Center here, Romeo led the KaTropa in scoring with 21 points. 21 is his current season high after appearing in only four games so far.
He also shot 36.8 percent from the field, going 7 out of 19.
Romeo himself acknowledged that he takes some forced shots. But as he continues to work his way back to peak condition, part of him forcing the issue on most occasions is him just finding out why he's missing the shots he usually used to make.
Terrence just wants to look for solutions to regain his old, deadly form.
"Ngayon? Madami pa rin kailangan i-improve. Ang dami kong mga poor shots pa rin eh," he said.
"So yun yung naiisip ko eh, sabi ko ititira ko pa rin yung mga dati kong tinitira, para mapag-aralan ko din kung bakit di ko nasho-shoot, kung dati nasho-shoot ko siya. Pag di ko kasi ginawa, di naman ako magi-improve," Romeo added.
Admittedly not yet 100 percent, Terrence mentioned that he's going to be truly back once he gets to a certain physical and mental level.
A tell tale sign would be him making most of his "forced shots" on offense.
"Siguro pag nare-recognize ko na yung mga mismatch, tapos mas mabilis na ako nakakapag-isip at di na ako ganun napapagod. Yung buong quarter, or buong minutes ko sa court 100 percent ako, hindi ako napapagod," Romeo said.
"Tapos yung mga forced shots nali-limit ko na. I mean hindi ko nali-limit, yung ibang forced shots ko na dating nasho-shoot ko, eh bumabalik na. Siguro dun masasabi ko na nakabalik na, and yung depensa kailangan pa rin. Tuluy-tuloy pa rin yung diet ko hanggang makabalik ako, yung dati," Terrence added.
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