From afar, Arvind Santos is watching a new era of San Miguel beer unfold.
An integral part of the club’s many Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) championships in the past, Santos added to the sentiment over former coach Leo Austria’s appointment to a less hands-on role.
“I feel sad for Coach Leo. For me, it’s not time for him to move on,” the Northport veteran told the Inquirer in Filipino. was coming out of the race. If for three conferences and they don’t win one, [the move] It will be understood.”
According to team manager G. Abanella, Austria asked to take time off citing personal reasons. Bacon, son of the nine-time champion coach, however, wrote on Twitter: “People can’t even get their statements right. The uproar over fanciful excuses fueled speculation that the veteran mentor was removed from the leadership of the club. .
Santos, who spent his most successful San Miguel years under Austria, said he was not aware of the details surrounding Biermann’s coaching change, but also believed that certain decisions should be respected.
Reign of Dominance
But he will continue to advocate for the Austrian, who he values the most of all the coaches who have taken charge of the franchise.
“Coach Liu is one of the few people who has given San Miguel a substantial record in coaching history,” he said. “If someone asks me who was the best coach at San Miguel? It’s coach Leo.”
Austria’s run with Biermann included a five-year reign at the league’s centerpiece, the Philippine Cup, and several Coach of the Year trophies.
“When I’m done with the game and I’m already coaching young people or even my own kids, if someone comes to me and asks who was the greatest coach at San Miguel, it’s this coach. Leo is in. And the strongest lineup — us, the Death Five [of June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot]”
“I will always say it with pride,” he said.
As San Miguel navigates its Governors Cup with a new coach, so do TNT and Phoenix — the two clubs that will square off in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
Focus on the glass.
Jojo Lastimosa, formerly the team manager of Tropang Giga, will call the shots for the perennial contenders who look to do well with Chot Reyes focusing on Gilas Pilipinas duties.
Jaime Jarin, meanwhile, will lead a new-look Fuel Masters, who will now rebuild after the departure of Topex Robinson.
Also included in the Big Dome are Blackwater and NLEX, who are reportedly going all Filipino for now as original import Jonathan Simmons has instead accepted an offer from a pro club in China. decided to
Simmons was considered the center of attention in the PBA Governors Cup.
Now, NLEX import is generating attention only because of its availability. Will he show up for the Road Warriors in their tournament opener on Wednesday or not?
Blackwater coach Ariel Vanguardia isn’t waiting for an answer.
“We will try and overcome it. [NLEX’s] Import, whoever it is,” said Vanguardia. INQ
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