PBA Finals: Cabagnot: We want to be labeled as the paradigm of Philippine basketball
Philip Matel on Apr 07, 2018 03:11 PM
San Miguel has earned the distinction as the premier franchise of Philippine basketball.
Since 2010, Alex Cabagnot has seen it all with the San Miguel franchise.
In fact, along with Arwind Santos, they have both won seven titles with the team, see it shift from the Beermen to the Petron Blaze Boosters and back, and everything in between.
But since the Filipino-American was traded back to the team in 2015, San Miguel has won six titles, including four straight All-Filipino crowns.
Much like Santos, Cabagnot thinks it's high time to be talking about the Beermen's impact on the Philippine basketball scene, especially with the way how they have clinched some of their titles in dramatic fashion.
"Nothing good comes easy. To be part of history, we have to go through some adversity. Talagang hindi nag-change yung disposition namin. We established our status quo, and ayun, we came out with the W," Cabagnot said after the post-game celebrations.
The 35-year-old sniper added that their team consists of individuals that won't let anyone down, and their team's pride has always been a factor in helping them succeed.
"I'm glad that something like this is first time in history, so yung sa isip ng management and the players, other than all the other external stuff, we want to be labelled as the paradigm of Philippine basketball."
To be labeled as a paradigm, or a model of Philippine basketball is something tough to be accomplished, but with the way things have been going in the PBA, it looks like San Miguel has earned that distinction.
With the impending arrival of number one pick Christian Standhardinger in the Commissioner's Cup, Cabagnot clarifies that it was too early to make predictions, since they have not even played with the bigman.
Instead, the "Crunchman" dwelled on the difficulty of making an unprecedented feat in the local basketball scene, and thanks all those who have made it possible.
"So I'm just very, very fortunate to be part of this group, to be part of history, and to be under coach Leo, especially to Boss RSA and boss Robert for giving me an opportunity to come back and make some history with the team."
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