San Miguel keeping Grand Slam chase low key
Paul Lintag on Aug 26, 2017 04:21 PM
"Kasi syempre pagka binabanggit mo yan [Grand Slam], baka isipin ng iba nage-expect na sila o akala nila kayang-kaya namin yun di ba." --- Arwind Santos on why he refuses to actually say "Grand Slam" when talking about the Beermen's goal this season.
San Miguel's preferred end result in the ongoing 2017 PBA Governors' Cup is common knowledge to anyone that pays attention to Philippine basketball.
After capturing the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner's Cup, the Beermen are going after a Grand Slam.
However, San Miguel is taking things a little slow so far as if not to get consumed by the overwhelming pressure that comes with chasing a triple crown.
Following a win against Globalport Friday to improve to 3-1 in the season-ending joust, forward Arwind Santos talked about how the Beermen should remain on the top of their game because of this certain "goal" they're trying to accomplish.
Santos said the word "goal" at least twice and talked about how big it is.
"Minsan kung ano yung nakikita mo na pwede ka pa mag-contribute, kung pwede ka pa makatulong at gusto mong manalo [lalaro ka pa din]. Kasi yung goal namin ngayon mas mabigat, kailangan hindi mo na iisipin kung ilang minuto ka naglalaro. Basta nandiyan ka sa loob mag-contribute ka," he said when asked if heavy minutes continue to be a concern.
"May mga conditioning naman kami na ginagawa at preparado naman kami, Kailangan talaga kasi yung goal namin mabigat yun. Kung hindi kami prepared, yung pangarap namin parang titignan na lang namin yun, hindi namin kayang akyatin yun kung di kami condition," Arwind added when asked how the Beermen will deal with a busy schedule following a break.
Knowing exactly what his talking about, this writer shot a question to the 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player.
"Arwind, parang ayaw mo ata sabihin yung Grand Slam?"
Arwind chuckled for a little bit and then he explained.
"Kasi syempre pagka binabanggit mo yan [Grand Slam], baka isipin ng iba nage-expect na sila o akala nila kayang-kaya namin yun di ba," he said.
"Para sakin, hindi namin ganun kadali makukuha yung Grand Slam na yun, talagang pagta-trabahuhin namin yun," Santos added.
Arwind and the rest of the team already know what they're chasing, as evidence with their continued focus despite an uneven conference schedule because of Gilas Pilipinas.
The Beermen know what they're chasing, they would just prefer to keep things low key at this point in time.
If they know it and we know it, what's the point of rushing anyway?
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