Undersized SMB import Arizona Reid welcomes challenge of going up against 'giants'
Arizona Reid goes through the Beermen's plays with coach Leo Austria. Jerome Ascano

INCOMING San Miguel Beer import Arizona Reid doesn’t consider himself as the Beermen’s ‘savior’ at this point.

Reid arrived on Monday morning and is coming in to replace the athletic Ronald Roberts, who failed to lead the Beermen to a single victory in his four games with the Philippine Cup champions.

The 6-foot-4 Reid knows he’ll be the shortest import in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but he said he’ll try to fit in and hopefully, help San Miguel return to its winning ways.

“I’m not going to come here and say we’re going to win games, but we want to try though, work hard and do my best,” Reid said on Wednesday after joining the Beermen in practice for the first time at the Acropolis gym. 

The Beermen are currently the lone winless team in the 12-team field after falling to Alaska, 107-100, in a rematch of the two Philippine Cup Finals protagonists on Tuesday.

“At 0-4, that’s not my work, but they (Beermen) want me to come in and try to help so I’ll come in and help. That’s not a problem,” said Reid, who is coming off an impressive stint with Verviers Pepinster in Belgium.

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Reid, who averaged 19.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists, will be in his fourth PBA tour of duty, having played for Rain or Shine during his first three stints.

The former High Point standout actually helped Rain or Shine reach the Governors Cup Finals last season, but the Asian Coating franchise succumbed to eventual champion San Mig Super Coffee (Purefoods Star’s former brand name), 3-1.

“It’s a great opportunity to play here (San Miguel), It’s my fourth time (to play in the PBA) but this is the first time that I’ll be playing in a conference with unlimited imports, and 6-foot-9,” said the 27-year-old native of Gaffney, South Carolina.

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“I don’t feel no pressure. I didn’t start that 0-and-4, so I don’t have any pressure. If I was the original import with 0-and-4, I’ll feel the pressure.”

Reid will have his much-awaited debut on Saturday when San Miguel tries to break into the win column and put an end as well to Meralco’s 5-0 start.

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