AZ Reid has been given the boot by San Miguel after a tumultuous game where he blasted teammates for poor defense then later claimed he will have to sit out the Beermen's next matches because of injury, sources said.
The decision will leave the Beermen without an import when they play Alaska on Wednesday - a game Reid's agent said he will sit out anyway because of an injury which SMB coach Leo Austria claimed no knowledge of.
Sources said the Beermen are now burning the lines looking for a replacement for Reid, who led the team to last year's PBA Governors Cup championship but has made a couple of contentious decisions this season.
On Friday, a visibly frustrated Reid scored 41 points in a 92-98 loss to GlobalPort but later said he will have to miss games because of an Achilles heel injury, telling reporters, 'I'm not a machine.'
Strangely, Austria told SPIN.ph the next day that the import never informed the coaching staff about the injury.
In the same interview, the flamboyant import with the long, flowing dreadlocks hit out at teammates for their defense on the GlobalPort duo of Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo.
“I’m not calling anybody out. I just said we weren’t playing defense,” Reid said. “They went one-on-one the whole game – Stanley, Joseph, and Romeo. We were late on every defensive rotation.”
Last July 27, Reid ignored Austria's calls for a timeout and decided to take a last-second shot in an upset loss to Mahindra. He later told reporters, 'What do we need a timeout for?'
Reid's looming departure followed a similar SMB episode with Tyler Wilkerson, who was sacked by management after throwing a tantrum in the dugout after a loss to Rain or Shine in the Commissioner's Cup semifinals.