AZ Reid is hardly concerned about how fellow imports are faring in the PBA Governors’ Cup, stressing he is focusing on his own performance as he tries to lead San Miguel Beer in its title defense.
The American imports have been putting on scoring sprees early in the season-ending conference, with Eugene Phelps, the newest import of Phoenix, the latest to show his scoring prowess by dropping 52 in his debut on Sunday.
“I was very impressed, but my concern is not stats,” Reid said after leading SMB to a 109-100 win over Star on Sunday night. “I don't get paid for stats. I need wins; wins is what i feed my kids at.”
“He had a hell of a game – fifty-two is fifty-two. I don't care if you play against middle-school kids, fifty-two is very impressive, but, for me, it doesn't change the way I play,” he added. “I’m gonna play the way AZ plays, night in and night out. I don't care what the other players (do).”
The two-time Best Import award recipient scattered 34 points, 11 assists, five steals, and four boards against the Hotshots as he atoned for a missed three-point try late in a stunning two-point loss to Mahindra.
He also got plenty of support from his local teammates.
“This is how we should play. That shouldn't be (a surprise). We shouldn't be happy about that (win). This is what y'all expect from us – to beat people like that,” Reid insisted. “Star did a great job, they played hard also, but like I said, my teammates played extremely well tonight, coach Leo did a good job, everything just seemed to click tonight.”