Santos vouches for Austria: ‘Greatest’ Beermen coach ever


Before being dealt to NorthPort, Arwind Santos (right) spent much of his career as a member of Leo Austria’s “Death Five.” —PBA IMAGES

Earlier than being dealt to NorthPort, Arwind Santos (proper) spent a lot of his profession as a member of Leo Austria’s “Dying 5.” —PBA IMAGES

From afar, Arwind Santos is watching San Miguel Beer’s new period unfolding.

An integral cog in most of the membership’s Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA) championship runs prior to now, Santos waxed sentimental over former coach Leo Austria’s appointment to a much less hands-on position.

“I really feel unhappy for coach Leo. For me, it’s not but time for him to maneuver on,” the NorthPort veteran informed the Inquirer in Filipino. “Firstly, he was coming off a championship run within the all-Filipino. If for 3 conferences they usually didn’t win one, [the move] would’ve made sense.”

Austria requested to take a sabbatical citing private causes, in accordance with staff supervisor Gee Abanilla. The nine-time champion coach’s son Bacon, nevertheless, wrote on Twitter that “individuals can’t even get their statements proper. Scrambling for imaginary excuses,” fueling speculations that the seasoned mentor was eased out from the membership’s helm.

Santos, who spent his most profitable San Miguel years beneath Austria, stated he isn’t aware of the small print surrounding Beermen’s teaching change, however he additionally understands that sure choices are to be revered.

Dominant reign

However he’ll proceed advocating for Austria, whom he holds within the highest regard amongst all of the coaches who’ve taken cost of the franchise.

“Coach Leo is without doubt one of the few who gave San Miguel fairly the document within the historical past of teaching,” he stated. “If somebody asks me who was the perfect coach for San Miguel? It’s coach Leo.”

Austria’s run with the Beermen featured a dominant five-year reign within the league’s centerpiece Philippine Cup, and a number of Coach of the Yr trophies.

“After I’m carried out with this sport and already teaching younger individuals and even my children, if somebody comes as much as me and asks who was the best coach of San Miguel is, it’s coach Leo. And the strongest lineup—us, the Dying 5 [of June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot].”

“I’ll at all times proudly say that,” he stated.

As San Miguel navigates its Governors’ Cup with a brand new coach, so are TNT and Phoenix—two golf equipment that may determine within the nightcap of Wednesday’s double-header at Sensible Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon Metropolis.

Concentrate on Gilas

Jojo Lastimosa, previously Tropang Giga’s staff supervisor, will name the photographs for the perennial contenders who look to carry out nicely with Chot Reyes specializing in Gilas Pilipinas obligation.

Jamike Jarin, in the meantime, will get to steer a new-look Gasoline Masters, who will now rebuild after the departure of Topex Robinson.

Additionally locking horns on the Massive Dome are Blackwater and NLEX, which is reportedly going all-Filipino in the intervening time as unique import Jonathon Simmons determined to as an alternative entertain a suggestion from a professional membership in China.

Simmons was purported to be a marquee attraction within the PBA Governors’ Cup.

Now, the one consideration the NLEX import is producing is due to his availability. Will he present up or not for the Street Warriors of their match debut on Wednesday?

Blackwater coach Ariel Vanguardia isn’t ready for a solution.

“We are going to attempt to comprise [NLEX’s] import, whoever it might be,” Vanguardia stated. INQ

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