Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo — arguably two of the best shooters ever in the PBA — set out today looking to outdo each other in an interesting match-up highlighting the Globalport-Talk ‘N Text tussle at the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Pringle and Romeo, who played alongside in Globalport, will be on opposite courts, with the latter debuting for his new team TNT interestingly against his former team.
Romeo, along with Yousef Taha, moved to the Tropang Texters’ camp after a celebrated but fruitless stint with the Batang Pier.
The Texters in return gave away big man Moala Tautuaa to complete the blockbuster trade that happened right after the two teams’ exit from the playoff round in the Philippine Cup.
Tautuaa, who was selected 1st overall by TNT during the 2015 Draft, has the height and heft which could turn out to be what the Batang Pier need to beef up their frontline.
As for Romeo, he would have to be more consistent because he joined a team already laden with gunners including RR Garcia, Roger Pogoy, Jayson Castro, and Ryan Reyes, among others.
Pringle on several occasions had played without Romeo (who was nursing injury) and carried Globalport to a couple of victories in the kick-off conference.
Now Pringle will be playing without his regular partner for four years, and oddsmakers believe Pringle is likely to get even better as he will be Globalport’s main man staring in the midseason conference.
In the Philippine Cup, Pringle had an enviable statistic of 20.18 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game through the elimination round.
All the buzz and talks surrounding these two offensive players will be put to rest as they finally see each other in the 6:45 p.m. game serving as main offering of an explosive double-header at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Blackwater and Columbian Dyip (formerly Kia) clash in the first game at 4:30 p.m.
TNT will be reinforced by Jeremy Tyler while Globalport has brought back Malcolm White.
The exit of Tautuaa has made the TNT lineup relatively small, but the Texters have got Tyler whose 6-foot-10 height will definitely fill the void.
Tyler is bringing along some experience he drew from brief stints with the Golden State Warriors, the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks in the NBA.
The San Diego, California native made it to the majors even without not just college basketball but senior year of high school play. He was the 39th overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2011 NBA Draft.
White makes a return stint with the Globalport team where he came in as a replacement import to Sean Williams last year.
The Louisiana State U product is among the returning imports in the midseason conference, the others being Arinze Onuaku (Meralco), Jarrid Famous (Blackwater), James White (Phoenix) and Vernon Macklin (Magnolia).