PBA: Chris Tiu retires a busy man
Paul Lintag on Jan 24, 2019 11:46 AM
While Chris Tiu had his flaws as a PBA player, his exit from the pro league is nothing short of perfect.
Chris Tiu will not wow you with his supreme athletic ability because he’s jut not type of a basketball player.
His shooting — clutch shooting — that helped make him famous in college as captain of the Ateneo Blue Eagles, arguably took a step back once he made it to the PBA.
However, while Tiu had his flaws as a PBA player, his exit from the pro league is nothing short of perfect.
Tiu arguably had one of the finer walkoff seasons from the league and his last game with Rain or Shine was literally his best, at least scoring wise.
More importantly though, Tiu left the game on his own terms and ask any player you meet and they’ll pretty much say that that is the best kind of retirement.
“I think at peace na ako,” Tiu said.
“It’s a decision that was supposed to made three years ago, so I extended my career already for a few years,” he added.
With his decision final, Tiu still had a hard time actually sending the tweet that made his retirement official from the PBA.
His supposed impeding retirement was the story heading into Rain or Shine’s season finale in 2018, considering the Elasto Painters were already in contention.
After scoring a career-high 30 points in a RoS victory, it appeared that Tiu was thinking about returning for one more year. The PBA Press Corps’ Breakout Player of the Year certainly looked like he can still go.
But even before the game, he knew was done. After going through his decision once again after the game, Tiu knew he was sure.
Chris Tiu knew he was going to retire after Rain or Shine’s season finale in 2018.— Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 24, 2019
After scoring a career-high 30 points and going over through his decision one more time, he says he’s 100 percent sure he’s done #PBA2019 | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/GnvhP5h3YC
And so, Tiu will retire a busy man, spending more quality time with his growing family and easing into more pronounced roles in his businesses.
“I'm just enjoying my time with my daughters and my wife and my family,” he said.
“And also, I've taken a new role in the family business. Still busy actually, might be even busier but a different kind of busy,” Tiu added.
Chris will also have time to work on his other hobbies... like piano. If his daughters would allow him.
Happy retirement, Chris Tiu!
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