DESPITE his impressive credentials, former NBA veteran Reggie Williams insisted he is not coming over to steal the thunder from the talent-stacked San Miguel in the upcoming PBA Governors Cup.
Williams made it clear he’s only here to help the Beermen win a championship.
“My number one goal right now is to compete and win a (PBA) championship. I’m committed with that for the San Miguel Beermen.”
Notwithstanding the fact he played for five seasons with three different NBA teams, the bearded Williams explained he doesn’t even have to score heavily for the Beermen given the team’s loaded talent led by reigning MVP Arwind Santos, June Mar Fajardo, Solomon Mercado, Chris Ross, and Marcio Lassiter.
“I see my teammates as my teammates, my equals. We just all have to be on the same page to win,” he said.
Williams scored 17 points to help San Miguel Beer beat sister team Barangay Ginebra, 89-83, in its tune-up game on Thursday at the Ronac gym in San Juan.
“But obviously, me as the import, there’s a little more load on my shoulders, but the important thing is to utilize my teammates because we play off each other,” added the 28-year-old southpaw and former standout of Virginia Military Institute.
Williams said he’s not afraid to engage in physical plays after witnessing Fajardo and Santos engaged Globalport burly forward Jondan Salvador in a scuffle last Tuesday during a tune-up game.
The 6-foot-4 Santos also engaged himself in a shoving match with Ginebra’s Chris Ellis during the second period of their tune-up match.
“The thing I like most about is the guys are physical. The two teams we played, the guys are very physical, like nobody backs down from anybody,” noted Williams, who was undrafted in the NBA.
“It could be a fight one day, it could be a little scuffle but it’s good. It’s all for the competition and everybody here is a competitor. That’s where it (physicality) comes from,” he added.
The Beermen are coming off another fruitless campaign in the Commissioner’s Cup.
San Miguel entered the playoffs as the second seeded team for the second straight conference, but failed to capitalize on the advantage after being beaten twice by seventh-seeded Air21 that led to an early quarterfinal exit.
Williams averaged an NBA career-best 15.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 32.6 minutes during his rookie year for the Golden StateWarriors in the 2009-10 season.
His last stop was with the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he averaged a paltry 3.7 points in 5.7 minutes this season before being waived last month.