PBA: Blakely remembers Grand Slam memory with jersey swaps
Paul Lintag on Oct 23, 2019 07:52 PM
A week after trading jerseys with Magnolia’s Marc Pingris, Blackwater import Marqus Blakely swapped uniforms with Rain or Shine’s James Yap Wednesday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup. (From James Yap on Instagram, @jamesyap18)
Marqus Blakely is really coming for his key #GrandSlamBuddies.
A week after trading jerseys with Magnolia’s Marc Pingris, Blackwater import Marqus Blakely swapped uniforms with Rain or Shine’s James Yap Wednesday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.
“That Grand Slam, we built a lot of chemistry and a lot of camaraderie between both of us. Me and Ping, me and James,” Blakely said as he’s now 2/2 with jerseys of his former teammates.
“We all have different relationships but we're all brothers when it all comes down,” he added.
In 2014, San Mig Coffee completed a rare Grand Slam by sweeping the entire season.
Add the team’s 2013 Governors’ Cup conquest and the Coffee Mixers, with prime Yap, Ping, and Blakely as import, won four straight conference titles.
Also in that team at San Mig Coffee were Joe Devance and head coach Tim Cone. They’re both with Brgy. Ginebra now and Blakely wants to make a trade with them too.
“Probably gonna do it again with Joe. That's just how we are, whether we're on different teams or not. It's still something that we respect,” Blakely said.
“We can't play this game forever. Having those type of memories, swapping jerseys, things like that. When you do retire knowing what that means to you, I think it's a huge, huge part of why we do it,” he added.
As long as his former teammates are willing to make jersey swaps, Blakely will continue to collect them he says.
He just wants to keep the memory of that Grand Slam team alive.
“If they're willing to give it to me, I'll give them one of mine. I know Blackwater might be a little mad with how many jerseys I'm giving away, but it's a memory thing, it's a cherishable type of thing,” he said.
“Like I said, when you do retire, when it is on the wall in your living room or your house, you know what that meant or what it means to you,” Blakely added.
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