PBA: Black says his 1989 Grand Slam team will beat current Beermen
Paul Lintag on May 08, 2018 05:32 PM
Norman Black's 1989 Grand Slam team with San Miguel is still widely considered as the best Beermen team ever.
San Miguel Beer's continued PBA dominance, which now includes an unprecedented four straight Philippine Cup titles, has sparked conversations regarding this group of Beermen's place in the list of the best teams of all time.
That's fair and all however, let's hold on to that thought for a moment.
We must decide first if this group of Beermen is the best team in San Miguel's rich history.
This is going to be a hard one.
With the arrival of Christian Standhardinger, the 2018 Beermen already received a major boost and this upgraded superteam should be judged at the end of this particular season when their chase for the Grand Slam ends.
However, as for the core group of Beermen, the one that won four straight All-Filipino and six titles in the last 10 conference, everything is fair game.
Aside from this current batch, two other Beermen dysnasties stand out, the first is the one from the early 2000s and the other is the one from the late 1980s, most specifically the one from 1989.
The 2000s dynasty featuring Danny Ildefonso and Olsen Racela among others already made their case. In a report by Karlo Sacamos of Spin.ph, the Beermen that dominated the turn of the new millenium will beat the current batch.
As for the 1980s crew, the one that featured Ramon Fernandez, Hector Calma, Franz Pumaren, Samboy Lim, Ato Agustin, and Alvin Teng just to name a few, head coach Norman Black feels that his group is far superior.
"We would beat them. I'm not gonna give them credit for beating us, there's no way," the current Meralco head coach said.
"Different era, obviously we would have a hard time matching up with June Mar Fajardo. Our advantage would be we're a deeper team, we used 10-12 players every night and we scored about 130 points a night. We were very deep as far as who was gonna score the basketball, it wasn't one person. It would be a good game, I'm very biased of course we would win. That's the biased coach talking there," Black said.
With Black at the helm, the Beermen won the Grand Slam in 1989. That remains the franchise's lone triple crown conquest to date.
It the same goal the current team is trying to match now.
And for Black, despite the fact that he's competing against the Beermen now, he can acknowledge San Miguel's own brand of dynasty in the modern PBA.
"Believe me the team now, they're really good. I have a lot of respect for them, I coached against them quite a bit the last few years and the thing that impresses me most is the same thing that impressed me with my team back in the 80s," Black said.
"It's the consistency, the fact that they can get it done over and over again and there's very little dip as far as their performance is concerned. They're hungry every time they step on the basketball court, you don't really find that with a lot of other teams. This San Miguel team right now has show that they're very consistent with the way they play, something very similar to the 1989 team," he added.
That consistency, according to coach Norman, is the key to winning a Grand Slam.
Whether or not the 2018 Beermen can win it this year, especially after the failed bid last year, remains to be seen.
Ironically, San Miguel's upgraded super team will debut against Black's Meralco Bolts on Wednesday. That should be interesting.
"That's how you win a Grand Slam, you have to come to play every night," Black said.
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