FOR Paul Lee, it’s like a matter of an irresistible force versus an immovable object.
The Rain or Shine point guard said he was no longer surprised to see team former import Arizona Reid engaged coach Yeng Guiao in a verbal tussle during the waning minutes of San Miguel Beer’s 129-114 win over the Elasto Painters Friday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Elasto Painters were caught by surprised when Reid, who played three seasons for them before being released to the Beermen for this conference, began to talked trash with Guiao.
“Siguro the best dun is yung di na lang siguro siya (Reid) sumagot. Iyung best adjustment is sana tumahimik na lang siya kasi kilala naman niya si coach Yeng eh,” said Lee just moments after talking with the long-haired Reid outside the team’s dugout at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Pero di na ako na-surprise. Alam ko na mangyayari ito (verbal tussle). Sa huli na nangyari, kasi si AZ ganun talaga, competitor iyan, tapos si coach Yeng ganun din, kaya sasabog talaga,” he added.
The Rain or Shine combo guard added Reid should know better how to deal with his former coach, having played under Guiao for three years, the last of which came in the Governors Cup a year ago when the Elasto Painters lost to Grand Slam champion San Mig Super Coffee in the Finals, 3-2.
“Nung nasa amin siya at ang import kalaban niya, ginagawa din naman ni coach Yeng yun. Kaya sabi ko na lang na ikaw yung mag-adjust. ‘You know coach Yeng,’ sabi ko sa kanya, ‘you played for him for three years,” he added.
Big man Beau Belga meanwhile, felt Reid’s endgame actuations was uncalled for since it was an obvious act of disrespect on the part of the San Miguel import.
“Sinasabi ko lang naman sa kanya eh tumahimik na lang siya. Kumabaga, respeto na lang sa coach sa pinanggalingan mo kasi si coach naman, sobrang laki ng respeto namin sa kanya at di namin kaya ‘yung ginawa niya,” said the 6-foot-5 Belga, who also chatted with Reid after the game.
Although the unfortunate incident already happened, Belga believes Guiao won’t take things personally when the two crossed paths.
“Hindi naman magtatanim ng sama ng loob si coach. Siguro dun lang sa kanina, lalo lang kasi lumaki yung issue dahil daldal siya ng daldal,” he added.
Lee hopes Reid would be able to adjust in the coming months, since the former High Point standout is bound to face Guiao and Rain or Shine again in the season-ending Governors Cup, where he’s likely to serve as San Miguel’s import once more.
Reid won two Best Import awards as Rain or Shine’s reinforcement during the 2011 and 2014 Governors Cup, respectively.