Flamboyant guard Terrence Romeo was conspicuously missing during his new team’s first practice session in preparation for the upcoming PBA season.
The controversial 26-year old Gilas playmaker was acquired by four-time reigning Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beermen from the TNT KaTropa in exchange for David Semerad, Brian Heruela and the team’s 1st round pick in the 2021 rookie draft.
Romeo, however, missed his first practice but is scheduled to report for work after the holidays, according to a source.
The source added that Romeo is busy getting back in shape and is actually undergoing training sessions two to three times a day.
Aside from Romeo, team mainstays June Mar Fajardo, Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter and incoming sophomore Christian Standhardinger were not in attendance.
Fajardo, Santos, Lassiter, Cabagnot and Ross were allowed by management to enjoy an extended vacation period as the dreaded starting unit bore the brunt of the team’s load during the season. And with the exception of Ross, the four Beermen along with Standhardinger represented the country during the recent staging of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers held in Manila.
The seven players present were Louie Vigil, Von Pessumal, Kelly Nabong, Billy Mamaril, Chico Lanete, returnee Ronald Tubid and new acquisition Paul Zamar.