Traded to San Miguel, Araña finds familiarity with Austria
Not everything is new for Ryan Araña in his move to San Miguel Beer.
In his first season in the PBA, Araña, who spent his first eight seasons with Rain or Shine, played for Leo Austria back when the franchise was still carrying the name Welcoat.
And with Austria running the Beermen sidelines, Araña’s transition to his new team has been smooth.
“Hindi naman ako nahirapan mag-adjust kasi coach Leo was my coach nung rookie year ko sa Welcoat,” he said.
“Familiar ako sa system nya, so what I have to do na lang is to jell na lang with the team. We have a big chance for the championship kaya I’m here to adjust at matuto sa mga maituturo ng mga veterans,” said Araña.
Known for his ruggedness, Araña is also ready to bang bodies against his former Rain or Shine teammates.
“Ganon pa in lalaruin ko,” Araña said. “Nung nasa Rain or Shine ako, we protect each other. Ganun din dito, kahit sino pa sa kanila dun. Inside the court, trabaho ito eh pero outside the court, magkakaibigan naman kami. Yun ang mahalaga.”
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