Arizona Reid has been chasing for this for four years and despite collecting two Best Import awards along the way, he’s been longing for the real thing – the PBA championship.
On Friday night, he finally fulfilled his dream by holding up the PBA Governors’ Cup trophy in what the San Miguel import considers a defining moment in his career.
“I won a championship before in Germany in 2011, but this weighs much more. There’s so much drama, excitement, stress, fun you go through as an import,” Reid told sportswriters after the game.
Reid finally won the big one and even though it took him five long conferences to achieve it, he feels that it was all worth it to finally prove himself.
“I wanna win so bad. A lot of people thought I was joking when (I say) I don’t sleep, I don’t eat. Basketball is all I know. You see the passion I played with. I wanna kill you every time I got a chance. For me to walk off that court as a champion tonight, knowing I’ve been chasing for four years, it was like a dream come true,” the San Miguel import said.
Reid suited up for three conferences for Rain or Shine, a team that he twice led to a runner-up finish.
His first stint for San Miguel wasn’t encouraging. He came in as a replacement import for Ronald Roberts in the Commissioner’s Cup and the team got the boot early. He then opened this conference with a bout with instestinal flu and his Beermen suffered through back-to-back losses – leading to some calling for an import change that early on.
“First two games when we lost, people want me replaced. They’re saying he’s not the same AZ this and that. You have no idea, just hearing some of the things when I lost last year’s finals, (from) ‘I didn’t give everything I had’ to coming back this year to sweeping the finals. It’s great,” Reid said.
He added that the championship was a big relief and he can finally rest easy now that he’s accomplished the goal he has pursued for so long.
“I’m thankful just to be part of this team. To be able to just get this. I felt that I was able to beat up the bully and got the monkey off my back. Now I can relax a little bit. I can have fun like a normal person without stress.”
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