WHAT IF we let Terrence Romeo play in the FIBA World Cup?

Jayson Castro is about to turn 33 and it sucks to comprehend that he had possibly played his last game for Gilas Pilipinas.

I mean… I guess it sucks that he chose family over the country… because you know… our idols are not allowed to have nice things.

But yeah, for all the great things The Blur has given to us, we should be thankful for all of his accomplishments. I mean… if I am down and I need to just want to feel manly bursts of emotions, I watch the awesome Gilas Pilipinas match against Korea. Every time I see the Gilas Pilipinas players shout at the heavens, HATERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SAY BAD THINGS!

So… who’s next?

Can Kiefer Ravena play in the FIBA World Cup?

I mean technically his suspension ends in time for the FIBA World Cup… but can he be basketball-ready by then?  

Note: I know he has joined the Gilas Pilipinas practices... alongside Robert Bolick and CJ Perez... but I need to disregard these guys to accentuate my point. 

Because here’s the thing…

Call me crazy… but I want to see Terrence Romeo back in the lineup.


Terrence Romeo is at the moment injured but has since enjoyed some sort of Zen playing for the San Miguel Beermen. Maybe not becoming the primary option helped in his image rehab. As you all know, Romeo was virtually packaged to San Miguel for two benchwarmers (Brian Heruela and David Semerad) because a collection of TNT players allegedly wants him out of the squad. As part of the San Miguel Beermen, Bro is good for 13.23 points, 2.45 rebounds, 2.68 assists, and 1.91 triples per game of 37 percent field goal shooting this season. Romeo also had one start in 22 games. The last time Romeo averaged less than 15 points was during his rookie year. The last time he had less than 23 minutes… is probably in the D-League because it has never happened in the PBA… prior to San Miguel.

With that said, maybe he wants another shot as top dog.

I know Terrence Romeo can be a ball hog but the problem with a slew of all-stars becoming role players is that they turn gunshy.

Romeo rarely turns gunshy and he’s a good inheritor of Castro’s dribble-drive penetration play especially when combined with his flashy gameplay. Also, Romeo’s Iverson-level dribbling talents could give Gilas Pilipinas some sort of homecourt advantage (because Filipinos have the ability to join forces in every place they are).

And if you disregard his problems, he is a pretty awesome player.

But yeah, I guess this idea is farfetched.

I don’t know how big the hole he dragged himself into. All I know is that last year, he got injured, then came back and had a shouting match with Pido Jarencio, stopped attending GlobalPort practices, got traded to TNT, got injured again, brawled with the Australians, got into a bar fight, got injured again, and then got banished to San Miguel.

He has since won his first title with the Beermen.

If Castro is going to unavailable and ditto for Ravena, I guess the next best options would be Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Scottie Thompson, LA Tenorio, and Alex Cabagnot – all SMC players. I also cringe at the thought of converting shooting guards into point guards because I want Gabe Norwood (he is a better scorer in international tiffs than in the PBA), Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy, and Marcio Lassiter scoring than orchestrating.

Romeo is yeah, a scorer… but we know he has the tools to shock and awe.

Although, Romeo contemplated retirement after winning his first title and it’s ludicrous considering he’s only 27 years old… basically the same age as when Castro started… which means Romeo can be a Gilas Pilipinas player for years to come.  



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