IMPORT Marcus Blakely has warned his San Mig teammates to brace for tough opposition when they go for a grand slam in the PBA Governors Cup.
The Mixers’ three-conference title romp capped by their success in the recent Commissioner’s Cup has made them the target of every team, each one looking deny San Mig its place in league history.
“Everybody’s gonna come out and play their best game against us,” Blakely told Spin.ph shortly after practice on Tuesday at the Ronac gym ahead of their conference debut against Barako Bull.
The 6-4 Blakely was already in the country when San Mig took its fourth championship over the last seven conferences behind the heroics of Finals MVP James Yap, Mark Barroca, and import James Mays.
Now, it’s Blakely's turn to pick up from where Mays has left off while going for his second championship with San Mig, having led the team to the championship in last season's Governors Cup.
Blakely made it clear he is ready to go.
The former Vermon standout said he doesn’t even mind playing 48 minutes in the eliminations since San Mig coach Tim Cone already made it clear he will try to manage the minutes of Yap, Barroca, Peter June Simon, and Marc Pingris in order to preserve them for the playoffs.
“That’s (playing extended minutes) something I knew (will happen) coming out here. And whether they (starters) are tired or coming off a break, I still have to play close to 48 minutes,” he said.
“So I just prepare in the offseason to be able to get ready, conditioning myself to be able to play 48 minutes,” added the 25-year-old reigning Governors Cup Best Import awardee.