PBA: Did Chris Tiu just play his last game?

Paul Lintag on Nov 03, 2018 07:40 PM
PBA: Did Chris Tiu just play his last game?
"We'll see. I'll have to talk to our bosses and see what they have in mind. We'll make the announcement then... maybe," Tiu said on a direct question on whether or not he's retiring for good.

Chris Tiu may have played his last game in the PBA.

As retirement talks continue to intensify, Tiu submitted a fitting final performance Saturday in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, scoring 30 points in a Rain or Shine win over NLEX.

It's the first time Tiu hit 30 in the PBA and it's obviously his career-high. It's a fitting final performance if the former Ateneo and Gilas Pilipinas captain is indeed done.

However, while he's shown inclination to hang up his sneakers for good, Tiu is still not 100 percent sure.

"We'll see. I'll have to talk to our bosses and see what they have in mind. We'll make the announcement then... maybe," Tiu said on a direct question on whether or not he's retiring for good.

"Percentage? It's hard to say. I don't want to preempt anything. I'd rather talk to our team owners first. We'll take it from there," he added.

With an expiring contract, Tiu meeting with Rain or Shine management appears to be the last key element in deciding his PBA future.

However, if Tiu will continue to play for the Elasto Painters, he's more than likely to take a short-term deal, like run it back for only one more year.

"Two years is a long time," Tiu said.

"I have a lot of things going on also outside of basketball. It's getting busier. I have some projects of my own and I have obligations with my family. My kids are growing up fast, I wanna spend a lot of time with them, especially in these very important, formative years. A lot of things to consider, so let's see," he added.

In terms of just basketball though, Tiu shows no signs of slowing down.

The former Ateneo star set a new PBA career-high three times in this conference alone including Saturday's game.

Tiu averaged 10.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.97 assists for the season, all career-high marks.

"Fortunately, it was a rather successful season for me, personally. Of course I wish we made it to the Finals or semifinals more consistently, but on a personal note, I'm happy with my performance," Tiu said.

At 33-years old, Tiu feels like he can still go out and play. Against NLEX, he played almost 33 minutes and shot the ball 22 times from the field.

"Tingin ko kaya pa [physically]. I felt pretty good, ito pala pakiramdam ng lagi ka pinapasahan ng teammates mo at lagi ka pinapa-tira," Tiu said.

"Kahit college hindi naman ganun eh. I feel okay, I think I developed a good and effective routine in terms of physical conditioning," he added.

 

 

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