“In a way, it was a little bit of a relief,” the first-year Chargers head coach said at the time. “There was definitely a lot of pressure put on us being ranked No. 1, but that pressure helped push us to win.”
Looking back now, it was a season of continuity for the Chargers, culminating in a championship.
“We got along on and off the court really well. There wasn't very much drama with this team,” Grace said. “Being able to hang out just as friends really helped the team grow.
“We worked really hard the whole season and came together as a team. We had the same goal, so it was a good feeling as a team, not just individually.”