Leo Austria, head coach of San Miguel, explained to reporters why he didn’t take the two timeouts he had left in the final seconds of the Beermen’s 94-92 Game Four loss to the Bay Area Dragons: “We had the numbers but they were able to recover.”
And after a pointless, very unimpressive briefing, Austria continued to blather on about his team’s import problems.
The Beermen were a slightly above average 7-5 squad that fell to, for God’s sake, Blackwater in the knockout round, despite Austria’s best efforts to spin things positively.
They would have been defeated by the Dragons in three games if not for Simon Enciso’s crucial 3-pointer in game three.
When contemplating the catastrophe that has become San Miguel, inspiration is not something that comes to mind. The most accurate adjectives to characterize the feelings of the beer giant’s fan base are heartbreak and discouragement.
The expectation of a third straight “Beeracle,” defeating Bay Area, quickly devolved into a fiasco in the semifinals. He alone cannot be put to death, nevertheless, in respect to Austria.
An organizational catastrophe that started with a rush of import switches and culminated with a chaos at the head coaching position is what occurred to San Miguel.
Why did so many important changes occur?
Who screened those reinforcements, whether the exchanges were character- or injury-related, remains to be seen.
Moreover, why, despite the fact that Austria had passed the team’s health and safety requirements, would management subject him to the humiliating situation of being benched?
In addition, who is the mastermind that thought it was a brilliant idea to swap head coaches in the middle of a difficult series?
It is similar to getting married to hire a coach. The parties involved are expected to remain partners throughout good times and bad. Additionally, you do not sleep with a third person solely to create “momentum.”
Jorge Gallent, the assistant coach, the third party, was also put in an awkward situation. He struggled to balance his obligations as a San Miguel employee and his commitment to Austria without a clear directive from the top as he led the Beermen.
When the Beermen were defeated in game four, that broad, teasing smile was gone.
The truth is still a mystery.Will he attend the following conference. Will Gallent get the opportunity he has clearly earned? On the other hand, will the SMC organization finally show its long-rumored adoration for Phoenix’s Topex Robinson, whose deal ends this month?