Chris Ross believes that San Miguel is still the team-to-beat this 2020 PBA Philippine Cup despite losing June Mar Fajardo for the conference.
"There's a lot of teams counting us off, but we're here, we're working hard and we have enough talent to compete and win the championship," he said.
The Beermen are still reeling from the devastating news of Fajardo suffering a complete fracture on his right tibia.
The injury would keep the five-time PBA MVP, and the fulcrum of the San Miguel dynasty, out of action for a considerable amount of time.
Yet as heart-wrenching as that development is, Ross has his full confidence that the setback only opens up a window of opportunity for those remaining to step up and fill the enormous shoes left by the Cebuano giant.
"As far as the team goes, we're full of vets and injuries are part of the game. We all just have to step up," he said.
The Beermen roster remain formidable, from their backcourt featuring Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Terrence Romeo, to their wings in Marcio Lassiter and Von Pessumal, to their bigs in former MVP Arwind Santos and Mo Tautuaa.
For Ross, the sense of urgency needs not to be highlighted anymore as he expects everyone to bring their A-game every time as they embark on a possible season without Fajardo.
And it's all the more important as San Miguel shoots for history with a potential sixth straight Philippine Cup title -- and a second Perpetual Trophy.
"Whoever's been here, the new guys, up to the coaches, we all believe it. It's just adjusting a bit, assigning different roles, and playing a little bit different, and we'll go from there," he said.
"We're happy with the talent that we have right now. I feel like we're still good enough to compete for the championship." (RL)