PBA: Nabong says 'no pressure' on SMB in five-peat quest

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 07 2019 06:13 PM | Updated as of Jan 07 2019 06:15 PM

San Miguel forward Kelly Nabong (30). Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel forward Kelly Nabong has no doubt that both Terrence Romeo and Jimmy Alapag will be major contributors to their team as the Beermen target a fifth consecutive title in the PBA All-Filipino Conference.

Nabong, who joined San Miguel in June 2018 from NorthPort, is reuniting with both Romeo and Alapag. He played with Romeo with the Batang Pier, and with Alapag in Meralco.

"It feels good. It's gonna be an exciting conference. We got Jimmy coming in, and he's got a lot of experience in winning," said Nabong of Alapag, who joins San Miguel as an assistant coach.

"Terrence, I mean his name speaks for himself, superstar, loves to score," he added. "I think both of them will be a good fit for this team."

Nabong is not worried about potential chemistry issues that may come up with Romeo, who was traded from TNT in exchange for Brian Heruela and David Semerad in December after a contentious stint with the KaTropa.

"That comes along with playing with each other," he said of their chemistry. "That comes easy. That's the easy part of the game, chemistry, that's the easy part. No sweat."

With Romeo joining San Miguel's already loaded core, and Alapag coming into their coaching staff, all eyes will once again be on the Beermen as they embark on their quest for a "five-peat" in the All-Filipino Conference, which starts January 13.

But Nabong insists that their team is not under any pressure even as the target on their backs grows bigger with every passing season.

"I'm very excited, and you know, everybody else gotta dethrone us. There's no pressure on us," he said.

"The pressure is on everybody else," he stressed. "Everybody else gotta come and test us."

"We just gotta be ready. We just gotta handle the situation as it comes and stay ready," he added.

Nabong, who averaged 7 points and 4 rebounds in the PBA Governors' Cup, said that instead of feeling the pressure, he cannot wait to get to work and gun for what will be his first championship.

"I love it, and it's gonna be my first championship," he said. "I would love to be part of the team to make that run and more. And more, and more, a lot more."

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