AZ Reid almost did not make it to the Philippines in time for Sunday’s Game 4 of the gripping semifinal series between the San Miguel Berrmen and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
Reid needed a Beer-acle to get in the plane that flew him in to Manila.
Sheryl Reyes, Reid’s agent, recounted to FOX Sports the ordeal that the 2-time PBA Best Import had to go through to make it to the country for another tour of duty in the PBA on short notice.
“I moved mountains to fly AZ here in time for tomorrow’s game,” Reyes said.
Apparently, the travel agency that fixed Reid’s itinerary booked separate flights for Reid from Florida to New York then Manila. By the time he arrived at New York airport, the boarding gates have already closed.
Already panicking, Reid tried to bribe the airport personnel just to let him in.
“He (Reid) said he will give the white guy from the check in counter USD100 if he opens the gate,” Reyes said.
But the American manning the check-in counter didn’t oblige.
Reyes then burned the lines to save the situation.
Call it a Beer-acle, she was able to get a Philippine Airlines (PAL) official intervened allowing Reid board his flight to Manila.
What was supposed to be an early Saturday morning arrival took longer than expected. Reid had to endure a 21-hour long flight arriving at 9:45 a.m. via Vancouver, Canada.
Reyes said she had to buy new stuff for Reid as his bags where nowhere to be found. They were told that the arrival of the checked-in luggages got delayed.
With time not on their side, Reyes and Reid rushed to Shangri-la hotel to get the import’s LeBron shoes and went straight to the PBA office for his measurement and barely made it on time to catch the Beermen’s viewing session and practice.
It has been a roller-coaster week for Reid who was on stand by since the night Tyler Wilkerson went berserk in the locker room Tuesday night following their Game 2 loss.
Reid, who led the Beermen to the Governors’ Cup title last season, has been practicing with the Beermen before he left for the US.
He was scheduled to come back by June for the season-ending conference but was forced to cut his US vacation short with Wilkerson and the Beermen reaching boiling point earlier this week.
Reid hopes to shrug off jetlag when he tries to lead a rejuvenated Beermen squad in extending the series against Rain or Shine tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. – By Alder Almo
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