For the second time in his career, Arizona Reid is going to leave the PBA Governors’ Cup in the middle of the tourney.
The former Rain or Shine import has ceded his spot to Kevin Murphy and in some ways… I dread this development.
Sure, the San Miguel was able to claim Charles Rhodes en route to a Commissioner’s Cup victory in 2017.
2017 PBA GOVERNORS’ CUP
San Miguel replaced Wendell McKines after leading the Beermen with a 3-2 record with black hole Terik Bridgeman. After a 1-1 record (where Bridgeman played like a PBA D-League sixth man), Terrence Watson finished the conference with 3 wins and 2 losses.
The Beermen lost to eventual champs, Barangay Ginebra Kings in the quarterfinals.
2016 PBA GOVERNORS’ CUP
As mentioned, the Beermen replaced AZ Reid after posting a dismal 4-2 record. He was replaced by former Barako Bull import Mike Singletary. Even if SMB had a 2-1 record, Singletary was sacked in favour of former import and former Utah Jazz player Elijah Millsap.
San Miguel encountered the Ginebra roadblock again (this is basically the start of the Legend of Justin Brownlee) in the semifinals and suffered a 117 to 92 blowout in the decider.
San Miguel also had an Asian import in Mahmoud Abdeen but… he was barely used.
2015 PBA GOVERNORS’ CUP
June Mar Fajardo dominated the Governors’ Cup – winning Best Player as well as Finals MVP honors – as the Beermen swept the Alaska Aces, four games to nil.
Their import? Arizona Reid.
But yeah, Reid took the Beermen to high praise land three seasons ago. The 32-year-old import has since helped San Miguel to a so-so 2-2 win-loss record and as early as August, there have been reports of his departure.
With that said, San Miguel is still without Fajardo. And while he’s looking for trouble with the way he’s criticizing his teammates because they were all smiles as the team goes down in defeat… this just means that Reid is all business. Reid came from Yeng Guiao’s program in which the latter wants his players to play like madmen for the glory of the squad if they want to play.
I guess the last straw came when the Beermen lost to a talent-depleted Ginebra side. Aljon Mariano had to have that production since the Kings are in need of resources!
Getting beat by ALJON MARIANO isn't that big of a deal to the point of changing imports!!!
Now it’s unfair to judge that Kevin Murphy would suck – especially since the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle has seen action in the NBA where he averaged 0.9ppg, 0.2rpg, and 25 percent field goal shooting with the Utah Jazz in the 2012-13 NBA season. Granted, those numbers are baaaaad… but for a guy who averaged just three minutes per game, that’s kind of… respectable?
And he has since loaned his talents to various leagues – especially leagues in Asia… which means he has seen a lot of the reinforcements that are taking part of the tourney.
I like Arizona Reid. I will still remember him as the braided, do-it-all that twice won Best Import honors as part of the Elasto Painters and a champion as part of the Beermen.
If San Miguel waives their right on Reid then I think up and coming teams that are hungry for recognition like Northport, NLEX, and Columbian could use his services.
I am not including Blackwater because Henry Walker is awesome.