ARIZONA Reid is coming over fit and ready this time around.
The San Miguel Beer import vows to be in the best shape of his career when he reinforces the Beermen anew in the coming PBA Governors Cup, where the team is the reigning champion.
Unlike the last time when he came over unprepared for a last-minute call-up to replace the banished Tyler Wilkerson, the two-time Best Import awardee said he came over here in the proper frame of mind in helping the multi-titled franchise defend its title.
“I’m not supposed to come over (last Commissioner’s Cup). That’s not my time to play,” said Reid after the Beermen’s afternoon practice Thursday at the Acropolis gym.
“But now, it’s my time (now). I’m not filling in for everyone. It’s not a spur of the moment (thing).”
The 30-year-old Reid flew over on short notice at the end of April after the explosive Wilkerson had gotten the boot following a heated exchange of words with members of the San Miguel coaching staff and team officials in the aftermath of the Beermen’s Game Two loss to Rain or Shine in their semifinals match-up.
In a vacation mode and not exactly in playing shape, Reid proceeded to score 25 points but shot just 12 of 31 from the field as the Beermen were eliminated by the Elasto Painters.
“I was not supposed to be here but I came, and though I wasn’t ready, the team asked me to take the flight. They have done a great job to help me out in various ways,” he recalled about the incident.
“But that’s the least I can do coming back, try to help them excel and get pass Rain or Shine in the playoffs,” Reid added. “Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. But that’s ok, that’s life. I don’t blame no one except myself.”
The loss and his failure to help the Beermen get to the finals serve as the major motivation for the South Carolina native to do even better in the season-ending conference.
“That’s the challenge for the third conference, to get in shape. Prepare to play defense, coz last time I think we’re eighth on defense. That’s not going to happen again. I look forward to all the match-ups,” said Reid about the tournament that formally kicks off on July 15.
“I’m focused on one thing, that’s win games, get a good seed in the playoffs, and then just go from there.”
With Reid at the helm, the Beermen completed a sweep of the Alaska Aces in last year's Governors Cup finals.