AZ Reid feels he is best-equipped to win a PBA title now with San Miguel Beer more than he ever was with Rain or Shine.
“My chances are way higher this time,” the SMB import said after his team scored a close-out 117-110 semifinal win on Wednesday night against the Elasto Painters. “No disrespect to Rain or Shine, they’ve got good players, but I think San Miguel has probably the best locals in the league. There are a couple of teams in the league I’d say that are neck-and-neck.”
Before playing for the Beermen this year, Reid spent his first three seasons in the league with the Rain or Shine franchise, where he won two Best Import awards and led the team to the Finals once.
Although he meant no disrespect, the 29-year-old American forward appeared to have an awkward moment with former coach Yeng Guiao after the game.
Reid shook the hands of each Rain or Shine members shortly after the win except for Guiao.
“I had a chance (to shake his hand), but I didn’t have a chance. You know what I’m saying?” said Reid, who had a verbal altercation with his former coach in their first game as opponents in the Commissioner’s Cup. “But as long as I know and he knows in his heart that I’m thankful for him, (it’s all good).
“I’m not going to text him,” he added. “I texted him before and I didn’t get a response, so I’m going to leave it alone.”
“But even though me and coach Yeng didn’t shake hands, it’s normal,” Reid continued. “He knows there’s nothing personal and I thank him for everything he’s done for me.”
But he did acknowledge the rest of his former teammates after a hard-fought semis series that ended in Game Four.
“I’m a professional,” Reid said. “It’s never personal. It’s all business. I have nothing but respect to all those guys over there.”