Marc Pingris had been in a handful of era-defining champion teams in the Philippine Basketball Association, yet he feels that the 2009-2010 edition of the Purefoods squad that won the all-Filipino is simply a cut above the rest.
“In my 17 years in the league, I haven’t seen anything close to what coach Ryan (Gregorio) has put together,” he told the Inquirer in Filipino on the heels of the 10th year anniversary of the TJ Giants’ title run.
“Yes, I’ve been in a number of championship teams and other coaches, but coach Ryan’s squad [was simply different],” said Pingris.
But what exactly made the team—one Pingris said was not that “extremely skilled”—stand out?
“We had discipline,” he said. “And our camaraderie was just so special.”
“We were not really that skilled … Most of us were defensive players, and we were never envious of each other’s roles because everyone was so disciplined,” Pingris added.