AZ Reid can’t wait to get back in the PBA finals, win a championship, and call it quits as an import.
The San Miguel Beer reinforcement bared his stint as an import is coming to an end once he leads the Beermen not just to the Governors’ Cup finals, but to a championship as well.
“I’m done,” the 29-year-old American forward said after the Beermen’s 114-108 win over Rain or Shine in Game Three of their semifinal series. “My body can’t take it anymore. I’m breaking down now. As you can see I’m taped up.”
“As an import, the job is very tough,” the four-year import said. “If I was a local, I’d play ‘til I’m forty. But I’m an import and I’ve been here for a while and I’m thankful for Rain or Shine and San Miguel.”
Reid showed his eagerness to speed up the process as he put up another shooting rampage, going 7-of-11 from three-point distance to finish with a team-high 37 points on Monday night.
In all, he registered a 15-of-26 shooting clip overall, on top of five assists, four boards, and three steals in 46 minutes.
“Words can’t explain how happy I will be just to get back in the finals,” said the two-time Best Import, who led the Elasto Painters to the title series in last year’s edition of the season-ending conference.
Reid was also on a tear in the Beermen’s Game two loss, tallying a 7-of-11 clip from deep to end up with 33 points, only to be overshadowed by Marcio Lassiter’s incredible 10-three-point showing.
“I just catch and shoot, and hit or miss, my approach doesn’t change,” he said. “My shots were just going in.”
Beermen coach Leo Austria knows that whatever Reid’s doing is for the good of the team.
“You can see it in his eyes that he really wants to win.”
“Now, we just got to focus on Game Four,” Reid said. “Just play hard, and trust each other, and play defense.”