Although he hasn’t been drafted yet by any of the 10 PBA teams, Chris Tiu has sent a message to fans of the league: It will be an exciting season.
The former SMART-Gilas Pilipinas team captain finally made himself available for the PBA draft on Friday, the last day for filing an application.
“I’m excited. I hope I will be given the opportunity to play to whichever team needs me,” said Tiu.
He skipped the draft last year, hoping to continue playing for the national program while focusing on his other interests in business and entertainment, but changes in SMART-Gilas prompted him to join the PBA.
Tiu, however, said he still hopes to have the chance to suit up for the national team in the future.
“It has always been on top of my priority when it comes to playing,” said Tiu. “I just hope I will be given the opportunity again. Nothing gives me more pride than representing the country.”
The delay in his decision, he said, was because of his consultations with his family, who were concerned about the physical nature of the games in the PBA.
“They were having apprehensions of me joining the PBA because of the highly-physical games,” said Tiu. “They want me to concentrate on business, instead.”
But in the end, passion won out. “I love playing and to play, help the team, and entertain the fans will be my ultimate objective in the PBA.”
Tiu hopes he ends up playing for a team which will utilize his services.
“Gusto kong makatulong sa team. Ang career ng player hindi naman matagal, so I want to play and be given exposure,” he said.