Wanting to be at the top of the food chain again, San Miguel Beer pulled the trigger on a switch to land high IQ big man Vic Manuel, but coach Leo Austria realizes such a thing doesn’t happen overnight. .
“We want to be contenders again,” the Beermen manager told the Inquirer on Thursday when asked the main reason they let Arwind Santos join Manuel. “Some changes were needed. But it is a process “.
“It’s not something that’s going to happen simply because of Vic Manuel,” he continued.
That is why Austria is hoping for a lot of things for their next Governors’ Cup.
At the top of that list is a completely sane list. After all, what is a talented troupe if you can’t tap into their full potential?
Austria bet on the last Philippine Cup, where they dragged the seeded and eventual TNT champion to a decisive 7 match in the semifinals.
“We have been to an away win,” he said of his side’s failed attempt to return to the series for the title.
“But in the first half [of Game 7], Mon (Tautuaa) was injured immediately. And then Terrence (Romeo). CJ (Perez), too, with sprains, “he recalled with a sigh. Substituting Santos would mean Manuel will play long minutes helping in the middle.
June Mar Fajardo still remains the cornerstone of the team and is expected to play much better than he did in the PH Cup, his first tournament since returning from a shin injury that sidelined him for a year. Manuel idolizes Santos and is a virtual clone of the former Most Valuable Player who helped Austria win all eight titles as the Beermen manager, and the trade has certainly made headlines.
San Miguel also have one of the oldest teams in the league, and while Manuel isn’t a spring chicken, he seems to have more miles left than 40-year-old Santos.
Austria is also hoping for better luck with the import they have chosen for the closing conference of the season.
San Miguel have not been particularly lucky with reinforcements lately, especially during the Governors’ Cup. In fact, two of Austria’s offers for a Triple Crown sweep were marred by import issues, including one they had to send home just when the Beermens looked unbeatable: Dez Wells, who came up against his talented crew. local.
“It’s also a matter of luck,” he said. “That’s why most of the teams go to return imports. There are many factors to consider, from its attitude to playability. And if it is also useful for the cause of the team “.
“But you never know until I’m really here [in the country], “He added.
The Spiced Import Conference will have a final date for its opening once all team reinforcements have arrived.
With all of this in mind, San Miguel chose Brandon Brown, imported from Phoenix 2017, for the end-of-season conference opening on November 28th.
“I hope it’s in good shape,” he said. “We have seen how he plays and his performance is commendable. We hope it can be really helpful for us. “
San Miguel, the league’s most successful franchise with 27 titles, has been on a mission to regain its top spot in the PBA since being out of the title streak in the last two Philippine Cups in Pampanga.
And Austria swears it’s ticking those boxes – instead of crossing a single name off a wish list – that will really help them do just that.
Meanwhile, the League continues to work on all the things necessary to get the fans back in the stands for the Reinforced Conference.
Commissioner Willie Marcial was scheduled for a Thursday night meeting with Dr. Raul Canlas to finalize the protocols that will be put in place for this to happen.
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