SAN Miguel has an extra motivation in gunning for a sixth straight PBA Philippine Cup crown.
Given the current pandemic condition with which the conference will be played in a historic bubble set-up, coach Leo Austria admitted winning the All-Filipino championship is going to be very special.
"This is a unique championship. Hindi ito makakalimutan lalo na sa mamamahayag dahil lagi itong babalik-balikan. History ito," said the four-time Coach of the Year.
Besides its historical significance, the Philippine Cup has always been considered as the crown jewel of Asia's first ever play-for-pay league, which is now on its 45th season.
"Alam naman natin na very prestigious itong conference na ito," Austria added in the weekly sports program The Chasedown.
The added drive should augur well for a San Miguel side that will continue to miss the services of five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo. The Cebuano big man spent the long six-month break rehabilitating and recuperating from the shin injury which he suffered in the pre-season.
In the absence of their main man, the Beermen are banking on their experience and pride to rewrite history and win a historic sixth straight All-Filipino championship.
"I'm banking on the ego of the players and their pride," said Austria. "Since we won the championship, they know how to win and how to lose.
"Yung pride nila andun, e. Ayaw nilang matatalo," he added. "And maybe because of their experience because they the glory of winning a championship."
The Beermen are set to leave for the Clark bubble in Pampanga on Tuesday. (RG)