Gerard Austria gave an insider story tidbits of why John Holland delivered poor performance in San Miguel’s most recent match.
According to the youngest son of SMB head coach Leo Austria, Holland’s lack of preparation and rest going to their clash versus the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Hoops Dome in Cebu last Saturday were the prime suspects.
In his tweet, the former Cleveland Cavaliers player flew from New York last Thursday at 1 PM (PHI time) and arrived in Manila the following day.
“Left NY it was 1pm Thursday MNL time. Arrived MNL Friday 8am,” he said.
After his arrival in the Philippines, most of his day was spent in the PBA office for assessment if he met the qualifications for a Governors’ Cup import.
Afterward, he packed up and took another flight going to Cebu to join his new teammates for an out-of-town match scheduled the following evening.
“Arrived MNL Friday 8am. Whole day PBA office to get measured and all paperwork. Left MNL 6pm. Arrived Cebu 8pm,” Austria wrote.
The next day, Holland participated in his first shootaround as a Beermen with no enough sleep and probably got acquainted with San Miguel’s basketball system.
“Saturday Morning shootaround. Game at 5pm,” he wrote. “Played with no practice, no proper sleep, jet lagged,” he added.
Watching Holland struggled in his first game in the PBA is painful especially to the followers of the Beermen, a team which is hunting for the last jewel to complete a rare grand slam. Yet, the young Austria didn’t lose his hope for the newly hired import.
“He’ll bounce back 🍺🍺🍺,” he wrote.
San Miguel has 11 days to prepare as they integrate Holland to their system. Their final game is scheduled on November 20 and it’ll be against the TNT KaTropa.