SAN Miguel import Arizona Reid can’t wait to get back on the court and help the Beermen redeem themselves from a disappointing 11th place finish in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
While the Beermen took a break after missing out on the playoffs, Reid said he has not stopped training as he prepares for another run at his first-ever PBA championship in the season-ending Governors' Cup.
“I never stopped (training). This is my fifth conference and my fourth year (in the PBA as an import). I’ve got everything but one thing,” the 6-4 SMB import with the dreadlocked hair told Spin.ph.
Reid is coming off a stint in the Commissioner's Cup where he came in to replace Ronald Roberts after a 0-4 start. The Beermen, however, failed to arrest the skid, finishing out of the playoff frame with a 4-7 card.
“It’s always tough coming from 0-4. I think if we won against NLEX after being up by 21, we’re probably be in the playoffs and it’s a different story,” shared the two-time PBA Best Import awardee.
“I know a lot of teams we’re happy we didn’t make it.”
But the former High Point standout said he’s hungry for a championship, so much so that he declared that he’s ready to retire playing as an import in the Philippines if he finally wins one.
He also feels his stint with the Beermen is his best shot at a PBA title.
“I’m on a good team with good players, so there’s no more excuses. I think we can do that though I expect a lot of bumps, a lot of emotional games, but hopefully we can win the first game on May 5,” he said.
“If I win the championship, I’m retiring from the Philippines because I wanna go out on top, I wanna ride off to the sunset,” added Reid.
Reid, who scored 22 points in San Miguel’s 98-102 loss to Alaska in an exhibition match, said he doesn't consider the Beermen - or any team for that matter - the favorite.
“For me, there’s no favorites. I don’t play the game of favorites because you gotta show me on this court who can come out and win, that’s the favorite to me,” he said.
“And at the end of July, that’s the favorite to me, who wins the trophy.”
Reid came close to winning his very first PBA title during last season’s Governors Cup while playing for Rain or Shine. But the sweet-shooting guard missed a potential game-winning three-point attempt in the dying seconds of Game Five as Rain or Shine lost the series and the championship to San Mig in the Finals.