Which is harder to win, the Grand Slam or the Perpetual Trophy?
Paul Lintag on Mar 06, 2017 04:52 PM
PBA fans have been spoiled with a Grand Slam in 2014 and a Perpetual Trophy chase completed in 2017. So now the question stands, which one is harder to win?
Now that we have examples for both over the last three years alone, we can formally ask this question.
Which is harder to do? Win a PBA Grand Slam or capture the Perpetual Trophy?
For those not in the know, a Grand Slam happens when one PBA team sweeps all three titles in one season. Meanwhile, the Perpetual Trophy is won after one team successfully captures three straight Philippine Cup titles.
Having accomplished the latter, the only coach to do so by the way, Leo Austria thinks the Perpetual Trophy carries more weight than the Grand Slam.
Naturally, this has become the biggest accomplishment of his career... so far.
"For me, this is the highlight of my career dahil there's only two teams na nakakuha nitong three-peat," he said after San Miguel joined Talk 'N Text as the only teams to win the Perpetual Trophy.
And in the case of the Tropa, two coaches accomplished the feat with Chot Reyes winning in 2011 and 2012 before Norman Black took over and completed the job in 2013.
"It's really hard to win three championships in the All-Filipino, unlike the Grand Slam na si coach Tim [Cone] naka-dalawa. Si coach Norman [Black] merong isa, and then si Coach Baby Dalupan meron," Austria explained.
"I think this is harder than the Grand Slam," he added.
Now before you crucify Austria for his statements, the now four-time PBA champion coach was asked to elaborate on the subject.
He had this to say: "Tatlong taon mo itong paghahandaan eh, and the other 11 teams always try to win a championship in the All-Filipino because this is the most prestigious conference."
"You can never know what will happen next conference, next All-Filipino merong drafting. So mamaya, meron kang makukuha na magaling na player who can dominate the game. But we're lucky dahil in the last three years, walang mas malaki kay June Mar," Austria added.
After PBA fans have been spoiled with a Grand Slam in 2014 and a Perpetual Trophy chase completed in 2017, the question stands.
Which one is harder to win?
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