Different time zones do not prevent friends from having each other's backs and the NBA superstar LeBron James continued to show his appreciation for longtime mate Romeo Travis, who has quite a good performance in PBA.
Travis carried Magnolia on his back, scored 50 points and 13 rebounds to lead Hotshots to their 112-108 Game 4 victory over Barangay Ginebra to advance to the finals of the Governors Cup.
James went to Instagram to show his love for his high school colleague in St. Petersburg. Vincent St. Mary, where they were part of the group called Fab Five.
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"Hoped to the finale on a 50-bit nugget! Congratulations my brother," wrote LeBron. "Continue Lucky Lefty."
Travis, who had 21 of his fourth-quarter score, was suffering from pain after receiving a Class 2 load on his left-handed throat in game 3 in the series.
Magnolia's import added that he did not want to play another game in the semifinals and he wanted to spend time with his wife before leaving the Philippines on Sunday – the day set for a supposed game 5 in the series and to be played in Biñan.
"I just wanted to win you, I did not want to travel for a road game," said Travis. "My wife is on Sunday and I just did not want to play again honestly. I do not know if I could physically play again so I only gave everything I had, I just put it out there."
Travis secured medical approval to play from the famous orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas on Thursday morning and he said the pain he experienced made the victory even sweeter.
"I went through a lot of pain to play today and it was worth it," said Travis. "It was emotional, to be able to pass it through, get through the pain and make it worth it. It meant a lot to me."
And the end result was just a magnificent treasure that tempted Travis to push to the limit.
Travis played the first time in PBA with Alaska in the 2015 Governors Cup where he could lead the Aces to the final to only lose to San Miguel in four games.
"Last time I was here I put an egg," said Travis. "I played very bad last time I was in the final. I want redemption and that's why I came back. I watched roster and I see they had good veterans and hungry guys. I do not want to take over, I just wanted to be with the team. "
"These guys have allowed me to be part of the team and that's what makes this special, it's chemistry, they know I'm not a guy who will demand the ball and curse someone if I do not get the ball. I am not as a person and as a player. We are a unit right now, we click completely. "
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