Meeting The Quick Brown Fox: Ricardo “Ricky” Brown (July 12, 2012)

The 3rd Floor Midtown Wing of Robinson’s Place – Manila was the site of Ricardo Brown’s first (of three) Meet & Greet events.Note

Note: Originally published in my old blog back in July 12, 2012.

After several months of preparation, PBA legend Ricardo “Ricky” Brown returned to the Philippines for the first time in almost 22 years in order to reconnect with his local fans as well as to be recognized by the league as a PBA Hall of Famer and one of its 25 Greatest Players.

With the exception of a single game—his last in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)—I never really had the opportunity to truly appreciate the basketball talents of Ricky Brown.

But it was memorable and one that I can still remember to this day.

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) 1990’-91’ Season

As I write this, it is hard to believe that my love affair with the game of basketball began 22 long years ago. I was about 13 at that time and had started to fervently follow Asia’s first play-for-pay league, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

From what I can recall of that 1990’-91’ season, the league was coming off the 1989 Grand Slam of the San Miguel Beer (SMB) franchise—a team accomplishes a “Grand Slam” if they are able to win all three conference championships in a single season—and that there were high expectations that the club would defend all of their titles that coming season.

My 92′ & 93′ PBA Annuals | Photo opportunity with Principal Ricardo “Ricky” Brown | Photo credit (lower photo): Paolo Alvendia

However, with SMB players comprising one-third of the all-professional Philippine national basketball team sent to compete in the Beijing Asian Games that September, the club had to make do without a number of their mainstays.

That was, until another member of their championship squad returned from the United States during the PBA’s Third Conference—Ricardo Brown.

As a basketball and PBA neophyte, I knew very little of the man known to many as “The Quick Brown Fox.” But with the help of very informative pre-game videos from Vintage Sports—the PBA’s television coverage partner at that time—I would come to know Brown as a decorated player with a high basketball IQ.

And in his return game, it seemed like he didn’t miss a beat despite the long layoff.

Again from memory, he scored 25 points and connected on 5 three-point shots that late afternoon. I also think he finished with about 7 assists.

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The Tedi31 Podcast: Interview with Allan Caidic (May 18, 2020)

Allan Caidic
One of the topics that PBA Hall of Famer Allan Caidic and I talked about was the flow state.

For (Season 1 | Episode 10) of The Tedi31 Podcast with Dr. Tedi Villasor, I had the opportunity to talk with one of the most decorated players every to grace the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)–The Triggerman: Allan Caidic.

Coach Allan is a 5-time member of the Philippine National Team, a member of the PBA’s 25 and 40 greatest players of all-time, a PBA Hall of Famer (Class of 2009), and author (My Life: Allan Caidic The Triggerman [2006]).

During our conversation, Coach Allan touched on a number of topics: From his basketball influences, to his pre-game regiments, and even his motivational benchmarks during his playing career.

As he looks towards the future, Coach Allan lets us in on his next move.

You can follow Coach Allan on Instagram.

Click here to listen to listen to the podcast.

You can also check out our conversation on my YouTube Channel.