AZ Reid not in tip-top shape but vows to give his all

Import Arizona Reid arrived in Manila on Saturday morning with adverse conditions working against him — a killer, 25-hour flight from Florida, lost his luggage from the inter-connecting flight to New York, jetlag, the hot summer season in the country, along with a game on Sunday he and the San Miguel Beermen can’t afford to lose.

But all those factors hardly intimidate the long-haired, former PBA Best Import, who vowed to leave everything on the floor once he faces his former team in a best-of-5 semifinal series for the 2nd straight season.

“I’m gonna give what I have,” Reid told a handful of media men, who watched him walk-through some of the plays San Miguel will be using against Rain or Shine come Sunday in Game 4 of their Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“Am I the AZ that you saw against Alaska (in last season’s Governors Cup Finals)? No I’m not, not right now. No training camp, no practice, but I’m not making any excuses because I’m here to try to do what I do, and hopefully, we can come up with the win in Game 4.”

It had been over 2 and a half months since Reid played active competition when he suited up for the ill-fated Philippine MX3 team that figured terrible in the Asean Basketball League.

But since playing for MX3, Reid joined San Miguel in a practice for a couple of weeks, before flying back to Florida for a much-needed vacation with his family.

Now, asked if he’s gonna guarantee a win that would ensure the Beermen a do-or-die game, the former High Point standout sounded more cautious.

“Guarantee? I don’t guarantee wins, but I’m gonna guarantee giving all I have because I’m not in my former shape to talk that talk yet,” said the outspoken Reid, who just 2 years ago, helped his former team Rain or Shine to a runner-up finish in the Governors Cup.

“But I wanna guarantee I give what I have because I’m not the person who’ll back down for nothing,” he added.

“I know Rain or Shine will come with it, but I’ll come with it too.I’m sure San Miguel will be ready and I look forward to the game tomorrow, even if out of this crazy situation, I look forward to the game tomorrow,” said Reid, best remembered for making clutch shots after clutch shots during San Miguel’s Governors Cup championship last season.

San Miguel, playing an all-Filipino roster, lived to fight another day following its miracle 104-98 win against Rain or Shine on Thursday at the Philsports Arena.

The Beermen played without an import after the coaching staff and San Miguel management decided to send home mercurial reinforcement Tyler Wilkerson, following the team’s 96-98 loss in Game 2. – By Richard Dy

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