PBA Biggest Draft Disappointments List
September 18, 2006 by Bionix
In no particular order or disorder, herewith is the PBA Biggest Draft Disappointments List.
I wouldn’t want to use the strong word bust, but this list is somehow that.
Reasons maybe because of injury, tough luck or just random circumstance (borrowing a line from Rico).
Career Highlight: Hordes of women giggle in delight as he enters the game for Alaska. Only Steven Seagal sets his hair better.
Career Highlight: Subbing for a superstar heavy guard rotation at San Miguel.
Career Highlight: Being continuously tagged as the next Jojo Lastimosa. Then Lastimosa, almost out-lasted him by a decade. Joined a slam-dunk contest against the likes of Vergel Meneses during his amateur days. From tabloid Balita, I then cut a clipping of his 180-degree slam then showed it off to my female classmate at high school to get close to her, to impress her. She then was infatuated with Cardel and not me. Loser!
Career Highlight: Played for a remarkably good tasting but short-lasting ice cream bar, the Tivoli.
Career Highlight: Being called The Brick by some genius commentator just because his name happens to be Brixter. Knowingly that the word “brick” in basketball parlance suits Jason Webb and Paul Artadi’s jumpshot end results.
Speakingâ€¦ Jason Webb
Career Highlights: Shot 1000 clanking jump shots throughout his career. Playing for high profile DLSU, good college career, son of a Senator, he was supposedly ready to be chosen 1st in the draft. Until Andy Seigle came slamming his way in a Mobiline Training Camp under Norman Black. Circa 96, centerfold magazine spread features Jason Webb with tag, â€œThe PBA Awaits Jasonâ€. Well, the wait is over and so is his playing career.
Only Me Who Noticed Category
Career Highlight: Months before his PBA entry, as the anticipation heats up, I read in an article that this guy played an Alvin Patrimonio â€“ Benjie Paras Combo Game. I said, OMG!, we will welcome him to Ginebra turf. Turned out, he was a one-man showtime who shot three points with reckless imprudence. (Seriouly, he had one game against Alaska were he kicked butt. We saw it live and it was mayhem.)
Career Highlight: Had an altercation with Marlou Aquino, then the 6-9 Aquino actuated a boxer stance and bounce to the delight of the Ginebra crowd. Famous too for starting a brawl in U.S. when he was playing for Team Philippines. Was traded for an aging Jerry Codinera then was traded again for another aging player, Jun Limpot.
Speaking # 2â€¦ Jun Limpot
Career Highlight: Set Philippine Basketball records. One, he was able to secure one of the richest deal in Pro Philippine Sports. He then set a record by playing the most number of games without a finals appearance. Not contented, he added another record, playing the most number of games without a championship.
His contemporaries (Espino and Duremdes) more than doubled his career output.
Then, theyâ€™ll see this post and will say to me, at least we made it Pro; at least weâ€™re six feet tall and above; at least our wives are pretty (Limpot and Webb), at least weâ€™re rich, at least we are still good at pick up games (ouch), at least we were able to touch the rim, at least we are famous, at least we have better jobs because we used to play pro basketball; etcâ€¦
Then, I rest my case and put down my pen.
Note. This list is a work in progress. I may add or subtract players as neccessary.
Any other player who should make this list?