Raymond Almazan has put the past behind him and is excited to make up for lost time with Rain or Shine last season.
Almazan promised to be more of a leader this season following the retirement of Chris Tiu just recently.
The 6-foot-8 slotman disappeared for most part of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup because of a misunderstanding with coach Caloy Garcia.
With the intervention Rain or Shine's top brass, Almazan and Garcia ironed out their differences although star center sat out the remainder of the season.
"Yung mga nangyari last year, past na yon. Move forward na," said Almazan, who attended the first-ever PBA Media Day on Thursday at The Tent in Solaire in Pasay City.
"Siyempre [gusto ko talagang makabawi] especially sa team, sa management, kasi nakakahiya yung ganung pangyayari ... All good naman na. Excited talaga ako maglaro," Almazan added.
He said the absence of Tiu is a big blow to the team and hopes new recruits JaVee Mocon and Jjay Alejandro will be able to fill the gap.
"Siyempre alam naman natin si Chris ang team leader sa loob ng court. Mahirap maghanap ng ganung klaseng player. Mataas ang basketball IQ," Amazan said.
"Si Chris hindi athletic, hindi mabilis, pero matalino maglaro. Sana lang mafill-up ng mga rookie naming yung gap na naiwan ni Chris."
Almazan said all teams in the up coming Phippine Cup will be tough to beat but he assured the Elasto Painters will be ready. (JB)