The Preserved Identity: The story of a team of the masses, the story of the Barangay Ginebra Kings

By: Christian Angelo Jacinto

Robert Jaworski Sr. or as some would call him Sonny Jaworski, or JAWO by the masses, is a Polish-Filipino basketball player who ruled the Filipino basketball scene from the 60s up to the early 90s. He was the anchor of the Philippine national basketball team in the late 60s which took home numerous Asian and World basketball championships. To put it short, he was really a bad-ass basketball player. Jaworski's feisty attitude on the court and his never-say-die attitude, plus his never-ending charisma is the main reason for him getting a remarkable fanbase and a handful of haters, something that he would carry for years and years and years.

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Barangay Ginebra: Kings of Court

By: Sydrick Salazar

1.) Robert Jaworski: He was the person responsible for creating this phenomenon. Ginebra was a cellar-dwelling team then and with his arrival, not only did he take his brand of game to the team but his hordes of fans flocked and switched their alliances to inspire every Gin cager. His on-court wizardry and dastardly ploys is forever cemented in the PBA annals as one of the biggest moments that ever happened in the sport. He was also a great motivator, still getting the crowd to its feet despite insurmountable odds. The first coach (playing coach) of the team led his group to numerous accomplishments. Because of Jawo, despite leaving the team in 1998, Ginebra is forever regarded as the most popular team in the league.

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Great PBA Players without MVP Award

By: Benjie Cruz

Danny Seigle: Like Samboy Lim, he’s another SMB player who to me, somehow feels like a 2-time MVP. In 1999, his rookie year, he is my MVP. For the record, Seigle won 1999 Governors’ Cup Best Player of the Conference plus two championships and two finals MVP honors in 1999 – indeed, a dynamite year worthy of MVP citation. But the sentimental votes went to Benjie Paras. Year after, Danny Seigle continued his tear, playing superb basketball in 2000. He led SMB to two championships and in 2001, 1 championship and 2–runner-up finishes. Along the way, he earned multiple Finals MVP trophies. But again pure Pinoy player, Danny Ildefonso snared back to back MVPs in 2000 and 2001. In that 3-year span, he could have won at least 2 with some more rational thinking of the voters.

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Top 20 PBA Greatest Monickers Of All Time

By: Benjie Cruz

Only Robert Jaworski's monickers made the list twice. There are only two tandem's monickers (read on, you'll get what I mean) in my list. One monicker was shared by two great players (Thanks be to Mr. Eala). Without further ado, the Top 20 Greatest Monickers list below.

1.The Big J - Robert Jaworski: At 6 feet tall, he ain't that big but this monicker fits him well. Derived perhaps from his bigger than life persona. Or more likely, because of his large mitts. As he also cared (still cares) for his fans, it can also apply to Big J's big heart. Thus, this tops my list.

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My Shoe Story, True Story

By: Benjie Cruz

I love basketball. There was a time when basketball was my life. I played basketball like eight hours a day. From here on, call me THE MACHINE! Unknown to many – there were circumstances and reasons, financial crunch is one – I stopped college schooling for a year. One summer, I went back home and rode the loneliest 2-hour bus drive ever. In the year I was a bona fide out of school youth and stayed home, basketball was my salvation. In the morning, I did hundreds and hundreds of shots. I kept on playing ’til sun’s burning hot. And pre-internet days, no iPad, no DVD, no cable TV, no nothing, as early as 3pm, I was back, shooting again.

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