SMB coach eyes flexibility, agility and ability exercises

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LEO Austria, the head coach of defending champion San Miguel Beer, said the team would maximize gym time in order to bring the players back into “game shape” once the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) training day begins sometime next week after the franchise receives swab test results and is given the all-clear signal.

Austria told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Saturday that once given the go-ahead, flexibility, agility and ability exercises such as shooting are the first training routes he would take for the players.

“Dahil limited ang players sa apat, stretching, agility conditioning and skills [such as] ‘yung shooting [ang gagawain] dahil ang mahalaga [ay] ma-maximied ‘yung paggamit ng gym (Because players are limited to four-man groupings, they will do stretching, agility conditioning and skills such as shooting because it is important to maximize the use of the gym),” said Austria, adding that 25 minutes would most likely be given to each of the four-players groupings.

“Bigyan mo ng tig-25 minutes ‘yung agility, konting running and conditioning, [and] then you will be focusing on shooting [at] saka skills. ‘Ayun yung wala sa bahay (Devote 25 minutes each to agility, a bit of running and conditioning, and then you will be focusing on shooting and skills. That’s what’s unavailable at home),” added Austria, who vouches that the players are in good physical condition in spite of the lockdown.

“Dahil I know naman ang mga players mas [conditioned] physically; pero ‘yung hinahanap na game shape, eh, wala pa ‘yun. Maybe, after a month, doon pa lang makukuha ng players ‘yun (Because I do know that the players are conditioned physically; though the sought-after game shape is still not there. Maybe, after a month, the players will achieve that),” continued Austria.

He also spoke hopefully about winning the lone conference, the Philippine Cup, for Season 45 if it will push through in spite of the pandemic.

PBA team governors have yet to decide in a meeting this month whether or not the season will resume in October.

Through a joint administrative order following general community quarantine guidelines, the government has already allowed professional basketball and football teams to begin practices on the condition that there are no scrimmages or games played.

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