SAN Miguel star Arwind Santos said he expects Ginebra - and not Rain or Shine - to join the Beermen in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.
Guess he just gave ROS plenty of motivation to achieve the unexpected.
Rain or Shine alternate governor Edison Oribiana reacted strongly to Santos' prediction, saying he found it 'insulting and disrespectful' as he rallied the Elastopainters to prove the San Miguel forward wrong.
Rain or Shine trails, 1-2, in the best-of-five semifinal series ahead of Game Four on Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum but this early, Santos said he is already preparing to meet the Gin Kings in the finals.
“Hindi namin nakikita na tatalunin sila ng Rain or Shine. Ewan ko lang. Bilog ang bola. Hindi natin masabi. Tingin ko Ginebra,” Santos said shortly after the Beermen finished off Alaska in four games in their own semifinal playoff.
Oribiana didn't take the comments sitting down.
"As alternate governor of RoS, I take offense in Arwind Santos statement that there is no way our team will beat Ginebra in this series. What makes him so sure about his statement, does he know something we don’t?" he said.
"Time and again we have showed that we can beat Ginebra on any given Sunday. We have the talent, skills and motivation to beat them. What I don’t understand is how this player can issue a statement that is a blatant disregard for respect to another team who is trying its very best to reach the finals.
"This is an insult to the entire Rain or Shine organisation and its fans and I cant take this sitting down. We will not be bullied and cower in defeat. This gives us extra motivation to “dare to dream” and achieve what Mr. santos said as “impossible."
Oribiana also took aim at Santos.
"Probably success has clouded this players mind in his little head that he did not realise that his arrogance has no place in basketball. Basketball should be about respect, integrity and humility which we intend to uphold and be an inspiration to the youth and the entire Filipino nation," he said.