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Titcha Penicheiro: Better to fail at something than to never try

by Niel Victor Masoy, May 19, 2019 11:23pm

Titcha Penicheiro had to make a tough decision of leaving her family in Portugal to pursue her WNBA dream. She didn't know if she can make it but the 5-foot-11 guard continued the fight anyway.

And it turned out, she won that battle and ultimately became a WNBA legend.

The four-time All-Star, whose game was being likened to that of NBA great Jason Williams due to her flashy passing and dribbling skills, believes that a dreamer just have to give his or her dream a try. And if he or she failed for trying, that's way better than not trying at all.

"The hardest thing was to leave my family. I live in Portugal and I had to follow my dream and go to the United States. It was really hard and I don't know if I was going to be successful or not but that decision changed my life," Penicheiro said in a media session on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Music Hall.

"It's really hard to leave my family, my country, my friends, and go to a place that was completely foreign to me but I know that I was following my dream."

You know what the 2005 WNBA champion was trying to say: the regret of not trying stings more than the pain of failing to achieve a dream.

"I didn't wanna live with regrets of not trying so even if I failed I know that at least I tried. And I think that's the message that the guys have to understand, it's better to fail in something than to never try."

Penicheiro, together with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, spent the last three days coaching the top 20 kids aged 13-14 of the Jr. NBA Philippines program. Those top players were picked out of the approximate 58,000 participants across the country.

On Sunday, only 10 of the top 20 participants were named as the Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars. The other 10 players had to endure the pain and try again. 

Penicheiro urged those players to use the defeat as a fuel to work harder.

"It's normal that it hurts. I know I would be devastated but let this be the motivation for you to continue to work on your game and work on the things that you need to work on so if you have this opportunity again they will pick you," she said.

"Michael Jordan, the best player that has ever played in my opinion, he was cut from high school and you see how he turned out as a player. So use everything as a motivation.

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