No Grand Slam talks yet for mighty Beermen
Paul Lintag on Jun 20, 2017 01:25 PM
The first order of business for San Miguel is actually winning the Commissioner's Cup, a trophy that has eluded the franchise for 17 years now.
After capturing the Perpetual Trophy, the most obvious next step for the current San Miguel dynasty is to try and go for the franchise's second Grand Slam.
It has to be, right?
Heading into the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals, the Beermen have yet to fully discuss any concrete plans when it comes to the Grand Slam. After all, the team needs to win the mid-season conference first for them to stake any claims on the PBA's triple crown.
In fact, San Miguel insists that the Grand Slam is not even a thing. At least not yet.
"Well, the Grand Slam is not on our mind. But everytime you win an All-Filipino championship, especially this is our third time, we're the only team that has an opportunity to win a Grand Slam," head coach Leo Austria said.
But once San Miguel manages to win the Commissioner's Cup though, you better bet that the Beermen are going after the Grand Slam, a feat last accomplished by the franchise in 1989.
"Long term yun eh," Austria said, referring to the lasting legacy a Grand Slam win can do for the careers of not only him, but for his players.
However, the first order of business for San Miguel is actually winning the Commissioner's Cup.
This year is the team's first trip to the Commissioner's Cup Finals in 16 years. The Beermen last won this championship in 2000.
"I hope so," Austria said when asked if the Beermen are out to exorcise their demons in this particular PBA conference.
"Before hanggang semifinals lang kami, ngayon nasa Finals na. It could be a great time for us to break the barrier," he added.
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