ARIZONA Reid was brought in the Commissioner’s Cup so late that it was already too tough for him to get the Beermen out of the rut. But the team is now looking at it as sort of an early preparation for the season-ending Governors Cup.
“Luckily, we have the import we had the last conference, so I hope we get to jell and get sharper on offense and defense,” said Marcio Lassiter, a key contributor in San Miguel’s All-Filipino title run.
The 6-foot-4 Reid is back for his fifth PBA campaign, having reinforced the Beermen’s failed title bid in the Commissioner’s Cup, where he averaged 29 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
There wasn’t much local support, though, and the Philippine Cup champions wound up missing the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
“It’s been tough failing to make the playoffs in the Commissioner’s Cup. I know hard work pays off. And that’s what we’re trying to preach in practice,” Lassiter told Spin.ph.
“We got to put in the work in order to get the result.”
Lassiter said the offense will still be focused on Reid, but called on his teammates to also be ready to deliver.
“We’ve got to give him (Reid) the ball where his strengths are at. And when he draws a lot of double-team, it would be good for us,” he added.
“He (Reid) got us some wins when he came in (during the Commissioner’s Cup), which is great. He’s a tough, physical player, he works hard each day and outhustles the other players,” said Lassiter, who turns 28 on May 16.
San Miguel opens its Governors Cup campaign against a souped-up KIA side on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Beermen dropped a shocking 68-78 decision to the Carnival during the Commissioner’s Cup in their only meeting that conference.
KIA will be reinforced by Senegalese import Hamady Barro N'Diaye and Taiwanese gunner Chang Tsung-hsien as Asian import.