AS if it's not strong enough, San Miguel is bound to get even stronger.
Shortly after the Beermen’s 110-106 win over Meralco in the PBA Governors Cup on Wednesday night, coach Leo Austria disclosed the team’s Asian import will be arriving by Thursday in the person of Mahmoud Abdeen of the Jordanian national team.
The 27-year-old Abdeen was highly-recommended by former San Miguel consultant Rajko Toroman, according to Austria.
“He’ll be arriving tomorrow (Thursday) Siguro nasa ere (air) na siya ngayon,” said the soft-spoken San Miguel coach.
Abdeen played for Toroman when the Serbian national was still head coach of Jordan.
Austria said the need to tap an Asian import came about during San Miguel’s loss to Globalport two weeks ago when the backcourt duo of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle run rings around their defenders.
Fil-Am guard Chris Ross was injured back then and didn’t see action.
“We’re worried with what happen during Globalport (game). Injured si Chris Ross and hindi naming na-contain yung backcourt nila,” recalled Austria of the 98-92 loss in which Pringled exploded for 25 points and Romeo with 18.
At the same time, the San Miguel mentor disclosed Ross’ health has been a concern of late. The Philippine Cup finals MVP didn’t practice with the team the last two days due to a flu, and then hurt himself during the game against the Bolts following a collision with Cliff Hodge.
“Kaya we’re open about bringing in an Asian import,” Austria added.
Abdeen stands 6-foot-1 and plays the point for the Jordan national basketball team, now handled by former player Sam Daghles. He suited up with the squad during the last FIBA Asia Men’s Championship in Changsha, China where the Jordanians finished at 10th place.
Austria said bringing in an Asian import doesn’t relegate any local players in the reserve list.
“Wala namang ibababa sa reserve list pag may Asian import, kaya kumuha na rin kami,” he added.