Robert Jaworski Sr.

The Living Legend

Basketball is one of my favorite sport. If there's always a chance to watch a game whether on TV or live, I make it a point to watch it.

I also played the sport as a pastime. I used to play in our barangay league which we didn't won the championship. Those were the days when I was still physically active. And it taught me a lot of lessons in life that I will share in the future.

But for this article, I'll pay homage to the one of the pillars of Philippine basketball. His name cannot be known by any Filipino playing the sport...


Robert Jaworski Sr.

Born in Baguio City, Philippines, Jaworski made his name by leading University of the East Red Warriors to 1966 and 1967 UAAP Championships. After his collegiate years, he joined the professional league and played with Toyota and then with Ginebra. He made history by having several awards and championships under his belt.

Jaworski also served as a senator of the Philippines in 1998 to 2004.

The "Never Say Die" attitude is what I like about him. Even if his team is already blew off by score, he will never give up until the buzzer for the end game sounds.

As a coach, Jawo will make it a point to do anything (and I mean anything) to win a game. He will curse the referees if they whistled a bad call. Although its not heard on TV, you can read his lips when he curse.

He designs crucial plays with -- "Hey, this is you! And this is you! Okay?" while pointing on the magnetized players on a small court. His players eagerly listened and execute the plays obediently.

He can also engage the fans if the game is not going well. The fans, even though not told to do so, can throw coins and other objects to the playing court if the they find the game is being fixed.

When playing, Jaworski can be a good and dirty player. He can deliver three point shots, dribble past his guard, slash through the defense and do an acrobatic lay-up. But he can also do some dirty moves such as stepping on the opponents foot or gripping at his shorts disabling him to grab a rebound.

I'm a big fan of the "Living Legend" and it will not change. I'm a "never say die" person and I use it in life. Thanks to Robert Jaworski Sr.! He taught me one of the greatest lessons in life.

This page is a salute to the Big J! Cheers!



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