San Miguel coach Leo Austria would always start his interviews with the phrase “well ah…” and reporters covering the PBA have always wondered why.
The outspoken mentor shared to SPIN life the reason behind it.
“I don’t know kung bakit ako nakakapagsalita ng ganoon pero I think it’s my way to clear my thoughts,” said Austria on Wednesday night after San Miguel defeated Blackwater, 93-79, at the MOA Arena.
“Kasi going to the press room [for post-game interview], I’m expecting na they will start on their questions and I’m so focused on the game and almost drained after the game so hindi ko agad maisip ang gagawin ko,” he added.
“And syempre every game namin hindi mo alam if mananalo kayo or hindi that’s why I’m not prepared [for the post-game interview] kaya I start with the ‘well ah…’ for the interview,” he continued.
At first, Austria said he would say “well ah…” unconsciously.
But since his team wins most of the time, having annexed six championships in seven finals appearances over the last four seasons, he’s always in the press room for post-game interviews.
Knowing that the media is always expecting him to say it, Austria would then tease the reporters about it.
“In a way it would be a good start for me and it’s a request [of the media]. Pinatatawa ko lang sila,” he said laughing.
Turning serious, Austria said that more than his famous catchphrase, what’s important is his entire interview.
“But what’s important is the thought sa interview,” he said. “But sometimes it’s hard kasi if there’s a tough question and there’s a specific answer [that I need to think about], that’s why I start with it [well ah…].”
“Because alam ko ang trabaho ng media eh, to know what’s going on kapag nanalo ka or natalo ka, and it’s also our job to let you know what happened,” he added.