Ryan Gregorio strongly considers Derrick Brown as one of the best imports ever to play in the Philippine Basketball Association.
Gregorio, who coached Purefoods from 2002 to 2010, said the 6-foot-3 Brown should serve as the gold standard among foreign players for his skills, athleticism, work ethic and good attitude inside and outside the court.
Branded as “Flight” for his high-flying, devil-may-care brand of basketball, Brown led the Hotdogs to the finals of the Governors’ Cup in 2000.
Although they lost the series to San Miguel Beer, which was parading an equally high-profile import in Lamont Strothers, Brown still emerged with the Best Import award, enough for Purefoods to bring him back for another tour of duty two years later.
Brown and the Hotdogs clinched the Governors’ Cup title as they overpowered Alaska in a thrilling seven-game finals duel that gave the hardworking American his second Best Import crown.