With one of the top rookies last year who signed a new contract and a big elite man who is finally in his warehouse, TNT KaTropa sees the prospect of ending the seven-year wait for a Philippine cup title , look better than ever.
And active TNT consultant Mark Dickel knows that less than a championship will be a failure for KaTropa, as Ray Parks on board and Center Poy Erram were acquired in a three-team deal with NLEX and Blackwater in the second year .
"We're desperately trying to win a championship," said Dickel, whose team is launching its campaign against Phoenix Super LPG at 4:30 p.m. in the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
"So expectations mean nothing. All we have to do is get into the games and prove it. I am sure that all teams have the same feeling." The championship window for the KaTropa opened with the 6-foot -7-Erram in the mix, combined with the absence of two of the league's greatest men in June, Mar Fajardo of San Miguel and Greg Slaughter of Barangay Ginebra.
TNT has not won the league's most prestigious trophy since the 2012-2013 season. But with a possible starting lineup that includes Jayson Castro, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Parks and Erram, the KaTropa look looks loaded for a deep run.
La Salle's former skipper, Kib Montalbo, was also included in the design to support backspace rotation, which also involved Simon Enciso, who was acquired from Mike Alaska for Mike DiGregorio.
Phoenix is looking for redemption in the purely Filipino conference when the Fuel Masters wasted their top seed in the elimination round last year when they lost to San Miguel in the best-of-five semi-final.
In Wednesday's double header, NLEX and NorthPort collide in the second game. However, the league should discuss measures late Tuesday to take action in the face of the COVID 19 outbreak. INQ
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