Lassiter Stays a Beerman for 3 More Years

San Miguel maintains its “Fab Five”

San Miguel’s best starting unit remains intact. (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)
The San Miguel Beermen entered last season’s Governors’ Cup with a chance to achieve a rare Grand Slam by winning all three championships in the 42nd season. However, they never get past the quarterfinals as they were dominated by the eventual champions,  the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings who eliminated the Beermen in a single game.
June Mar Fajardo won his 4th straight MVP award. Then, the league was shocked when the Kia Picanto traded away the chance to pick Christian Standhardinger during the PBA Draft for role players from San Miguel. That deal created a rippling shockwave and even raised a few eyebrows which led to the now-hopefully mellowing down tension between the MVP Group who wanted Chito Narvasa out as PBA commissioner, and the SMC Group which stood by Mr. Narvasa. And Mikee Romero has already made the assurance that the 43rd season of the PBA will start as planned.
While the fans of the Beermen will have to wait until the end of the Asian Basketball League before they could get a glimpse of Standhardinger in an official PBA game, there’s a good news for all of you. Yes, the league’s best all-Filipino starting unit remains after Marcio Lassiter signed a 3-year deal to remain with the Beermen. And Coach Leo Austria said in an interview that whatever amount Lassiter will be receiving, he deserves it. And he deserves indeed, folks.

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As one of the league’s best snipers from deep, Marcio Lassiter dropped long bombs after long bombs especially in the crucial situations of the game. Lassiter’s ability to shoot and score threes makes San Miguel a fully-weaponized team. Just imagine what they will look like once Christian Standhardinger suits up during the Commissioner’s Cup.

Conclusion

Marcio Lassiter averaged 14 points per game during the 2016-2017 season while shooting 36% from the three-point line. His numbers equalized to San Miguel’s winning two of three championships. Once the new season opens up, fans will definitely need to watch Lassiter because one way or another, he can shoot and score threes like he’s Steph Curry. Expect him to play a big role in the offense of Leo Austria. After all, San Miguel has the best all-Filipino starting unit, right?

Coaches Battle: Ginebra’s Tim Cone vs SMB’s Leo Austria, Who Wins?

Coach Tim Cone and Coach Leo Austria

I am shaking in my Boots. Believe it or not that phrase came from the winningest Coach in the PBA and the current coach of Barangay Ginebra. Tim Cone is up against Leo Austria a long time a long time coach and a champion coach as well.  There is a good reason to be shaking in his boots.
Tim Cone may have a slight edge of advantage in coaching having more championships under his belt but it does not assure him of a win against the tough SMB team.

We know it will be a big uphill challenge and we will continue to battle for the championship. We will find a way to compete and make them uncomfotable – Tim Cone.

Tim Cone knows the task ahead will not be easy. The SMB is the top team of the series and had looked seemingly unbeaten in the elimination round until the playoffs series in which they also showed resilience and ruggedness  against tough opponent.

The first thing that most teams and people would think playing against them is how to stop JunMar and we know that already but JunMar is not the only one. We have learned a lot from our semi-finals series – Leo Austria.

This will be tough and exciting. The battle of full house vs power house – Leo Austria 

Power House and Full House, indeed it’s a good subtitle to this upcoming finals series. The smoke is almost clear and tonight the two teams will start another epic PBA finals series.

Let’s look at the accomplishments of each coaches.

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19× PBA champion (1991 Third Conference, 1994 Governors’, 1995 Governors’, 1996 All-Filipino, 1996 Commissioner’s, 1996 Governors’, 1997 Governors’ 1998 All-Filipino, 1998 Commissioner’s, 2000 All-Filipino, 2003 Invitational, 2007 Fiesta, 2010 Fiesta, 2012 Commissioner’s, 2013 Governors’, 2014 Philippine, 2014 Commissioner’s, 2014 Governors’, 2016 Governors’)
2× Grand Slam champion (1996, 2014)
3× PBA Coach of the Year (1994, 1996, 2014)
7× PBA All-Star Game Head Coach (1992, 1994, 1999, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014)
William Jones Cup Gold medal – first place, 1998 Taipei
Asian Games Bronze medal – third place 1998 Bangkok

Leo Austria’s accomplishments so far:

As coach:

3× PBA champion (2014–15 Philippine, 2015 Governors’, 2015–16 Philippine)
2× PBA Baby Dalupan Coach of the Year (2015, 2016)
PBA All-Star Game head coach (2016)
2002 PBL Challenge Cup Champion
ABL Coach of the Year (2013
ABL champion (2013)

As player:

PBA champion (1990 First Conference
PBA Rookie of the Year (1985)
1988 Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan Award for Sports

Who you got?