SAN Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria is embracing the challenge of SMC boss Ramon S. Ang of leading the Beermen to a grand slam in the next PBA season.
After the franchise captured two championships out of the three conferences in the recently concluded season, Ang requested Austria if he could make it three in a row next year.
“Maganda ang hinaharap nito,” Ang said. “Baka next year, eh mabigyan mo naman kami ng grand slam.”
And Austria is not backing down from the daunting task.
“Pag hinihingan ka ng ganung bagay, you have to do your best,” the vocal mentor said on Tuesday night during San Miguel’s victory party inside the SMC compound in Ortigas following the team’s successful title conquest in the Governors Cup.
“Ang buhay, pagka walang pressure, walang kuwenta eh. You have to accept it. Let’s see what I can do with this team.
“I’ll try to work doubly hard to show them that we can,” he added.
But Austria is managing expectations despite already having a star-studded roster at his disposal, considering the factors outside of their control that can affect the team’s ambitious season sweep.
“It remains to be seen dahil you can never know what will happen in a tournament,” Austria said. “Baka mamaya magkasakit o ma-injure o 'yung nakuha mong import hindi magaling - wag naman sana. Maraming pwedeng mangyari.”
Championship hangover was the reason for the 2014 Philippine Cup champions’ fall in the Commissioner’s Cup, Austria added.
“It’s also not going to be easy especially nowadays, every team ay nagpapalakas ng kanilang lineup,” Austria continued. “We have to elevate our competitiveness.”
And they should not look that far ahead.
“Every game, we will work hard to achieve our goal - one game at a time, one conference at a time,” Austria stressed.