AZ Reid is hardly concerned over the heavy minutes that he has already logged this early in San Miguel Beer’s PBA Governors’ Cup title-retention campaign.
With the Beermen still missing injured big men Arwind Santos and Gabby Espinas, the SMB import has been forced to play extended minutes, with the latest evidence coming in their last game against Star last Sunday where he saw less than two minutes of rest in leading the team to a 109-100 win.
While admitting the heavier playing time took its toll on him in the game against the Hotshots, Reid doesn’t mind if he continues to register the same minutes — he even expects it, in fact - despite being only four games into the season-ending conference.
“I ran out of gas in the fourth, that's why my threes were kind of long (because) I was pushing them,” admitted Reid, who missed six of his 10 three-point attempts. “But I gotta get in better shape, there's no way around it, because I’m an import. This is what I have to do. Coaches know I have to be on the floor.”
“I don't care if I fall on the ground, I’m playing,” the two-time Best Import added. “Leave me on the floor, tired or not.”
The local starters have also been forced to see more playing time, with June Mar Fajardo, Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter also playing at least 36 minutes each against the Hotshots as they continue to hold the fort in the absence of their injured players.
But Reid, who registered 34 points, 11 assists, five steals, and four boards against Star, has carried most of the burden.
“You know how it is, being an import here, you have to perform night in, night out, tired, feeling good, or feeling bad,” the prolific American reinforcement said. “This is my job. I’m here to do it. Leave me on the floor, I want to play.”
Reid is so determined to lead the Beermen to another title that he will continue to work hard even as the league heads into the All-Star break, with his team not seeing action until July 14 when they face Ginebra.
“I don't need no break,” he said. “I’m gonna be in the weight room, running, shooting, breaking down film, everything. I'll be on vacation later.”
“I’m here for one job: I’m here to get that gold again,” he added. “I want it bad.”