PBA: TNT's missing piece? Erram says he's not, but pressure is on
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jul 26, 2020 04:26 PM
"Not gonna lie, naramdaman ko yung pressure nung na-trade ako sa TNT." — Poy Erram.
TNT badly wants a PBA championship to end what has now been a long five-year drought.
In order to do so, the KaTropa made a big move to acquire star center Poy Erram in a rather complicated three-team trade.
The arrival of Erram have many seeing him as TNT's missing piece for its title aspirations.
Personally, Erram doesn't consider himself as that piece but he does feel the pressure of joining a KaTropa team that's built to win now.
"Not gonna lie, naramdaman ko yung pressure nung na-trade ako sa TNT," Erram said on 2OT.
"Kasi TNT, kaya nila mag-champion eh. Pero di ko masasabi na ako yung missing piece, kasi every time naman umaabot sila sa semis, sa Finals," he added.
In addition to Erram, TNT already has Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy, and Ray Parks Jr. in the lineup, although that hasn't transalated to any trophies as of late.
The KaTropa last won a championship in the 2015 Commissioner's Cup and they've only returned to the Finals twice since.
The flagship MVP franchise hasn't had this kind of championship drought since the mid-2000s when they went six years in between All-Filipino titles.
Erram's arrival plugs a lot of holes in the KaTropa system, particularly on the defensive end. The former Defensive Player of the Year gives TNT its most legitimate option at center at his height since perhaps Asi Taulava over a decade ago.
"Siguro talagang may mga breaks of the game kaya di nagcha-champion. Pero I think, wala naman talagang missing piece sa team, as long as nagagawa mo yung short and long-term goals, may mga kulang lang sila siguro na di na nabibigay ng todo ng ibang player. Kunwari sila kuya Kelly [Williams], syempre tumatanda so iba na rin yung napo-produce niya," Erram said.
"For me, kung ano kulang, yun lang idadag ko. Hindi naman ako scorer, kung ano lang kailangan nila, yun ang ibibigay ko. Kung kailangan nila ng depensa, kailangan ng ganito, ganya, yun ang gagawin ko. I don't consider myself as a missing piece, kasi TNT as itself, malakas na. Kailangan lang siguro nila ng isang player na willing i-accept yung role and willing na i-give up yung sarili para sa team," he added.
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