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Emon74
06-03-2009, 06:40 PM
Birth of Toyota

THEIRS is a classic case of rivalry. Of war unparalleled and unequaled. Toyota and Crispa.
It was no case of sudden sprouting of mushroom after a night of heavy downpour. It just didn't come to be from nowhere. It was a case of filling gaps left unplanned.
In 1974, Meralco big bosses planned to participate in non-MICAA tourneys. But instead of this taking form from the drawing board, Meralco did a complete turn-around. Worse, it decided to disband.
Meralco did not see the need to maintain a ballclub, not even for advertisement, the prime mover why corporations seek a basketball franchise. Meralco, after all did not, as it does not have now, any competitor in the distribution of electricity in Metro Manila. It had plain and simple monopoly.
Jaworski was in grief, and he had reasons to, the Living Legend for one, surrendered his unwavering loyalty to Meralco. Amidst the countless offers he received from all other teams to change boats, Crispa included, Jaworski remained with Meralco.
Meralco, on the other hand, with the speed of a balloon busted by the pricking of a pin, finding no use in maintaining a team, just went ahead to withdraw.
Just a few months after that, Dante Silverio formed a new team built around the Living Legend. The name of the team was Komatsu Komets. Dante Silverio was then into distributor of Komatsu heavy equipment, that is why the name.
Komatsu Komets, coached by Nilo Verona and managed by Dante Silverio, however, did not last long, perhaps due to the criticisms it got from using two K. The management decided to rename it to Toyota Comets.
It was in Toyota Comets where the famous basketball partnership of Jaworski and Francis Arnaiz, called the "clutch"?, took shape. While Atoy Co was being built up in Crispa, at the other end, Toyota Comets were beefing their side by hiring the services of Roberto Conception, Bebot Acosta, Alberto Reynoso, Cristino Reynoso and Rodolfo Segura, to name but a few.
It was in MICAA where Toyota and Crispa commenced their unforgettable struggle to dominate the other.
A year after in 1975, they were to shift to the pro league, the PBA, and so with Jaworski and his partnership with the clutch.

Emon74
06-04-2009, 11:08 AM
Diminishing Court Savvy

It was indeed an irony of sorts. Although the closing years of the 70s saw Robert Jaworski playing what could have been his best performance in the PBA, sad to say, it was likewise in those years that the Big J's games had their hint of declining.
Yes, Toyota did manage to enter the finals of all three conferences of 1979 season, but it only managed to salvage one crown; the Invitational championship against perennial rival Crispa Redmanizers. And unfortunately, the Big J's drooping act contributed immensely to the Tamaraws' searing debacle.
Take for Example their championship loss against Royal Tru-Orange in the 2nd Conference Open. The Tamaraws had a roller coaster ride in their semifinals campaign and had to endure a finishing kick in the homestretch in order to salvage the second finals berth.
Despite their ups and downs, the Tamaraws were still favored to whip the Orangemen, whose best finish in the league was at that time was a third place spot. But fate wouldn't smile on the Big J and the Tamaraws. Come championship time, the Tamaraws were reduced to a bunch of whipping boys silently smothered by the Larry Pounds-led Orangemen.
In the penultimate fourth game of the Best of Five series, with Royal having a 2-1 advantage going to the game, the Tamaraws could have gone on and tied the battle with a victory. But with six seconds left, Royal Tru-Orange's man-mountain import Otto Moore provided the winning move when he gave Pounds a perfect baseball pitch, Pounds would easily drive in to the basket with a dumb-founded Jaworski hardly offering any resistance.
It was Royal's first lead of the game, and subsequently Game four's final score, 102-101, with Tru-Orange pulling the rug under the feet of the heavily-favored Tamaraws. Jaworski still flashed the same brilliant form he had in the previous years during the finals. But already evident was his declining performance as the other Tamaraws would start taking away the post from him, particularly 6-4 slotman Ramon Fernandez.
If there were any consolation for the Tamaraws, it was their winning the All Filipino Crown under the stewardship of the late Fort Acuna. The Tamaraws avenge their loss to the Redmanizers during the first conference by winning the plum, 3-1.
Still, it was not enough to notice the Big J's dipping performance, at the age of 33, it seemed Jaworski was already phasing himself to a new career in basketball. Age indeed was fast catching up on him. He still commanded the respect he had been used to, but definitely the brilliancy in his game was slowly diminishing.

Emon74
06-05-2009, 10:56 AM
Reversal of Fortune

It was a reversal of fortune that hounded favored Toyota tamaraws during the 1980 PBA Open Conference Finals. Up against an underdog U/tex squad, Toyota was heavily favored to win its eight crown in the pro league.
Bannered by a powerhouse cast led by team skipper Robert Jaworski, backcourt partner Francis Arnaiz, ace center Ramon Fernandez, power forward Abe King, sophomore Arnie Tuadles and imports Andrew Fields and Bruce King, there seemed to be no way the Wranglers can pull off the upset ax against the dominating Tamaraws.
But the Wranglers, behind explosive imports Glen McDonald and Aaron James, bogs Adornado and Lim Eng Beng, rewrote the championship script and change the ending of the story.
U/tex immediately surprise everybody by taking Game 1, 110-94, behind the 1-2 kickoff provided by Adornado and Eng Beng in the game's homestretch.
The true champion that they are, the tamaraws, however came back strong in the next game, with Jaworski pumping in eight triples on the way to helping the tamaraws erect to a 107-102 victory in Game 2. the eight triples converted by the Big J was a finals record.
Just when everbody thought the Wranglers would start to fold up, U/tex, with a relentless defensive stance designed by coach Tommy Manotoc, pulled off another surprising victory in Game 3, 103-98.
With only a foot away from the championship, U/tex was all set to wrap up the series. But the tamaraws wouldn't surrender the white flag that easy, stretching the titular showdown in a no-tomorrow battle, courtesy of their 113-92 triumph in Game 4.
Armageddon day would come in Game 5, Experience and talent wise, Toyota was the solid favorite. For a while, it seemed the Tamaraws was on their way of posting a win and clinch the Open Conference title as the team was leading by four, 94-90 with 16 seconds to go.
Then, the inevitable thing happened, a series of mental lapses hounded the Tamaraws which allowed the Wranglers to come back. With still three fouls away from the penalty, the Tamaraws allowed import Aaron James to drive unmolestedly towards the basket.
A timeout was called by Toyota coach Fort Acuna after a U/tex basket and with time down to 11 seconds left, proved to be a disaster to the tamaraws as it enabled U/tex to organize.
True enough, as the Tamaraws inbounded, the Wranglers went on a press and anticipated the play. McDonald intercepted the ball with five seconds to go but was fouled by Arnaiz going to the hoop with two seconds left in regulation. McDonald then calmly sank the two free throws to extend the game into overtime.
A see-saw battle then ensued in overtime with both teams obviously feeling the championship pressure. Bogs Adornado converted on a long try with 1:25 seconds left in the ballgame, which later proved to be the winning basket as both teams would commit a series of misses until the final buzzer sounded.
The Final tally: 99-98 in favor of U/tex.
""If we ever go, let's all go down trying" a teary-eyed Manotoc said during the post-game interview.
When asked for his own comment, Toyota coach Acuna was all but dumbfounded
Ditto for the rest of the Tamaraws. The Big J included.

MonL
06-05-2009, 11:22 AM
Though this thread is more about the Big J, there was more to that championship series that became forgotten over time:

- Tommy Manotoc's mantra then was "One step backward, two steps forward." He never allowed his team to think of giving up.They didn't.

-Toyota import Andy Fields was ranting over Toyota's defensive lapses in the final seconds that gave U/Tex a chance to rise from the grave. He screamed in agony at his teammates later on, telling them why they were celebrating when the game wasnt over yet. He was right, of course. Fat Lady Blues.

-The series had a devastating effect on Fort Acuņa, who, after a chain of events beginning with that championship game, would later commit suicide.

Emon74
06-06-2009, 10:31 AM
Though this thread is more about the Big J, there was more to that championship series that became forgotten over time:

- Tommy Manotoc's mantra then was "One step backward, two steps forward." He never allowed his team to think of giving up.They didn't.

-Toyota import Andy Fields was ranting over Toyota's defensive lapses in the final seconds that gave U/Tex a chance to rise from the grave. He screamed in agony at his teammates later on, telling them why they were celebrating when the game wasnt over yet. He was right, of course. Fat Lady Blues.

-The series had a devastating effect on Fort Acuņa, who, after a chain of events beginning with that championship game, would later commit suicide.


I was glad to saw this game on TV during the PBA replays of Greatest games back in the mid 80s, I find it weird mga last seconds of the overtime game when Toyota didnt attempt to foul to stop the clock as time ran out, as indicated, its almost a minute when both teams failed to score anymore in OT.

Fort Acuna got his dismissal from the coaching job for benching Jaworski in the first half of Game 3 of the 1980 All Filipino 3rd conference later that year, which rallied the tamaraws to a win and gave Crispa its only loss to the tournament.

Emon74
06-06-2009, 12:24 PM
Powerhouse Cast

Where the Big J goes, the Toyota tamaraws follow. In the 1980 PBA Invitational Conference, the Tamaraws proved this theory beyond reasonable doubt.
Despite the presence of foreign teams Nicholas Stoodley and Adidas France, Toyota, with Crispa, was installed as heavy favorite to win the PBA crown.
And unmindful of their disastrous setback to U/tex Wranglers during the last conference, Toyota looked more than credible in living up to its billing as a title contender. Jaworski, along with imports Andrew Fields and Bruce King, Francis Arnaiz, Ramon Fernandez, Abe King, Arnie Tuadles and the rest of the Tamaraws sure fit the tag of being a powerhouse cast.
Toyota got off to a quick start, winning two of its initial assignments, first against Adidas, 99-92, in what was described by Adidas coach Bill Sweek as a rugged game featuring the physical plays of Toyota. Then it rolled to its second straight win with a 112-107 victory against U/Tex.
But in those two games, the Big J only scored 8 and 12 points, respectively for an average of 10 points out of the two games played, a far cry from his 23.8 average during the Open Conference.
The Big J would continue to struggle on offense, averaging a mere 13 points per outing midway through the eliminations. As expected, Toyota also plunged down the standings, losing in succession against Nicholas Stoodley (113-106), Crispa (118-109), and Adidas France (104-100).
But in his attempt to bail his team out of an imminent trouble, the Living Legend stepped on the pedal gas and put his game a notch higher in the homestretch of the elimination round.
In succession, the Big J went on a scoring rampage in their next three games, putting in socres of 23, 29, and 26 points, respectively.
Not surprisingly, the Tamaraws went on to win their last three assignments against U/Tex (118-116), Nicholas Stoodley (122-107), and Crispa (116-109) to formally barge into the finals of the invitational Conference.
Came the Finals, Jaworski continued his scoring consistency, unfortunately, the theory didn't last long as despite Big J's heroics, the Tamaraws got blanked by Nicholas Stoodley, 2-0, to claim the Invitational title and became the first and so far the only foreign team to win a PBA title.

Emon74
06-11-2009, 11:26 AM
Essence of Presence

So huge Robert Jaworski's clout had been, that one couldnt easily ignore his presence. Especially in the decisive championship game.
After missing Game 5 and 6 of the 1982 PBA Reinforced All-Filipino best of seven title series against San Miguel, Jaworski was still a doubtful starter for Toyota in the winner take all Game 7 due to a bothering hamstring injury.
But the Super Corollas, who were able to survived extinction following their morale boosting 110-99 victory in Game 6, just couldnt afford to lose the all important game as that would very well mean kissing their bid for the title goodbye.
Coach Ed Ocampo was then faced with a tough decision - to use Jaworski or not.
The answer came in handy right before the opening buzzer of the final game. with a plan to catch the beermen off guard. Ocampo surprisingly employed the Big J as a starter for Toyota.
The moved seemed to have affected the Beermen psychologically, if not physically. The ploy of fielding Jaworski sparingly seemed to have worked as it put San Miguel Beer out of its rhythm and took away its usually high scoring game.
As the final buzzer sounded, the score read 101-95 in favor of Toyota as the Super Corollas annexed the Reinforced All-Filipino title for their eight championship in the pro league.
Ocampo was later quote as saying that he used Jaworski in the game for the purpose of "loosening him up in case we need him in the closing minutes."
Despite that, there was no need for Jaworski to be fielded back in the payoff period as the other Corollas took charge and came to the rescue of the team.
In any case, the Big J finished the game without scoring a single basket. But his presence in the game alone, mattered most.

pepman
06-12-2009, 03:07 PM
JAWO PLAYS AGAIN IN GINS VS. MOBILINE

Manila, Sept. 17, 1998 - Legendary cager Sonny Jaworski, now a member of the Philippine Senate, returns to play with his old team Ginebra San Miguel when it faces Mobiline for the solo lead in the PBA Centennial Cup this Saturday in Butuan City.

It's been more than a year since the Big J, now 52 years old, last played in a PBA game. The last time was May 26, 1997, the title-clinching Game 6 of the PBA All-Filipino Cup Finals between Ginebra and Purefoods, which Purefoods won.

He told reporters last Friday that he was ready to play again.

In Iloilo City last year, on his 51st birthday (March 8), Jaworski's game was described as near- flawless in 11 minutes of play. Jaworski played in 19 of Ginebra's 28 games in the 1997 All- Filipino Cup. He hasn't played in the league since.

pepman
06-12-2009, 03:08 PM
JAWORSKI: SENATOR, ACTOR, BASKETBALL STAR, FASHION DESIGNER

Manila, Sept. 21, 1998- Very few people know it, but Senator Robert Jaworski, the most enduring legend in Philippine basketball, has been a fashion designer for 11 years. Jawo's Menswear and Clothing has been his business all those years, known only to his family and closest friends.

That secret is now out of the closet, so to speak, thanks to Malaya's Nena Villanueva who spilled the beans in her column yesterday.

"It's been there for all those years, but marketing and promotions were not in full blast. It's only now that I've decided to use my name. I know that we can produce world-class goods like jeans, slacks, polo shirts, sports and casual shorts, tees and caps," said the neophyte solon. "Our products are much cheaper than those signature items like Polo or Ralph Lauren."

Still young-looking and with movie-star looks, Jaworski has big plans for his clothing line. "I plan to market these goods internationally, which is actually just a step away especially now with the Internet and other advancement in technology," he adds.

Jawo's clothing line will be showcased at a special fashion show on October 4 at the Entertainment Plaza, SM City. But naturally, the players of Team Ginebra will parade down the ramp showing off their former coach's creations to full advantage. Top male models will also join the show.

Emon74
06-16-2009, 10:12 AM
A Dirty Player

Prolific Crispa import Billy Ray Bates never knew what "real" PBA action was all about until he came face to face with the league's most popular player and his equally well-admired ballclub. The man - Robert Jaworski. The Team - Toyota Super Corollas.
Back in the 1983 Reinforced Conference, the Redmanizers, under Tommy Manotoc, unveiled the high-scoring Bates as their import for the second conference campaign. Living up to his credentials, the 6-3 Bates proved to be unstoppable and a class by himself, even earning the monicker "The Black Superman" for his high flying act and all-around performance.
And for being the most explosive import in the league then, it was only natural that the former Portland Trail Blazer would easily be a marked man by the opposition. It was no surprising therefore, when Toyota assigned to Jaworski, the Super Corollas' best defensive guard, the tough task of containing Bates when the two teams collide for the first time in the conference.
Going into the game against Toyota, Bates was coming off a stiff fine given him by the PBA for his involvement in a slapping incident with SMB defensive man Anthony Dasalla. The Super Corollas, thinking of provoking Bates to distract his concentration on the game, as what had earlier occurred during the SMB-Crispa tussle, tried almost every dirty tactic there was in the books.
With Jaworski taking care of the Black Superman, Bates was sent sprawling several times on the floor after getting all kinds of tackle in his drives to the basket. To no avail, Bates was his usual explosive self. He finished the game with a high of 50 points while leading Crispa to a rousing 122-110 victory against its archrival.
Manotoc said his import could have done more damage had he not been hurt by Toyota's highly physical game. "takot na, ayaw na pumasok," Manotoc commented.
As for Bates, he only had one thing to say about Toyota, Jaworski in particular. "He plays dirty," Bates remarked

BedanRoar
06-16-2009, 11:15 AM
As for Bates, he only had one thing to say about Toyota, Jaworski in particular. "He plays dirty," Bates remarked


Yup, but they ended up playing together and getting a championship for the Ginebra Franchise. ;D

Emon74
06-18-2009, 09:13 AM
Toyota's Jolting Ouster

Whether it was a premonition or not, the Toyota Super Corollas had it coming. July 20, 1983, in the quarterfinal game against Gilbey's Gin during the PBA Reinforced Conference, the whole Toyota team showed up for the match wearing black ribbons strapped on the side of their jerseys to mourn the death of the honorable Emerson Coseteng, the pro league's first ever president.
The Super Corollas, could have taken seriously their act that in the end, it was the Toyota fans who were left grieving after their idols absorbed a stinging 148-139 setback at the hands of the Ginmakers.
But the worst scenario for Toyota and its hordes of fans came a week later.
Toyota was to meet San Miguel Beer in the winner-take-all match for the last semis berth. And though not as formidable and competitive as they used to be, the Super Corollas were expected to hurdle past the inconsistent Beermen and join early qualifiers Crispa, Great Taste and Gilbey's Gin into the Round of Four. San Miguel, however, was more prepared and hungry, despite being downed by 16 points, 85-101, in the latter part of the third quarter, the beermen came back from the grave and reversed the outcome of the game. As the smoke of battle cleared, it was the Beermen who emerged triumphant, 135-132.
Ironically, Donnie Ray Koonce, Toyota's former import who was responsible for giving the Super Corollas the 1982 Open Conference Crown, proved to be the savior for San Miguel as he pumped in a career high 57 points, including 39 in the second half.
Toyota, despite the double digits contribution of import Julius Wayne (36 points) and three of its ace scorers Robert Jaworski (21 pts), Arnie Tuadles (19 pts), and Ramon Fernandez (18 pts), just couldn't handle the pressure, sparking further the rumor that indeed there was dissension within the Super Corollas camp.
The sorry incident likewise marked the very first time that Toyota failed to enter the semifinals of the pro league.


*This article, taken from sports flash, had too many mistakes, from what i've found out, the Gilbey's-Toyota game was in the eliminations, perhaps the writer was referring to Tanduay. San Miguel themselves were eliminated from the final four, it was Tanduay which made it along with Gilbey's, to join Crispa and Great Taste in the semifinals.

Toto Battung
06-18-2009, 09:24 AM
Emon74...Nice piece of trivia.

Emon74
06-18-2009, 09:50 AM
Emon74...Nice piece of trivia.


Thanks,

pepman
06-18-2009, 02:29 PM
Sinabi nyo pa, seems to have a Jawo connection in that article, Gilbey's Gin na naging Ginebra, was a crowd favorite. Hay!

Emon74
06-24-2009, 05:57 PM
The Empire Crumbles

Like pieces of domino, the Toyota Super Corollas empire crumbled in shambles. After winning their first two assignments in the 1983 PBA Open Conference in impressive fashion, the Super Corollas' fortune turned from good to bad. One by one, Toyota dropped its games, including those against the league's unheralded teams.
First to pull the Super Corollas down was cellar dweller Galerie Dominique, which needed the scoring prowess of import Larry Fogle and Donald Robinson to hack out a 108-104 upset. Tanduay made it a back-to-back kill, coming back from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit before pulling off a 125-120 triumph.
Gilbey's Gin, powered by the hulking Lew Massey, followed the path of Galerie Dominique and Tanduay, scoring a similarly impressive win over Toyota, 130-117, before the Larry McNeill-led Winston ballclub scored a rousing 129-113 decision. McNeill scored a game-high 51 points to help Winston score a memorable win against a Super Corollas team that played without the injured Robert Jaworski, Chito Loyzaga and Ramon Fernandez.
Although the Super Corollas managed to salvage a victory in between those losses, rising powerhouse Great Taste further pulled the team down the cellar with a 137-124 victory despite a game-high 16 points by the Big J.
With those successive setbacks, it was only a matter of time before the Super Corollas and their hordes of fans got a glimpse of where the team was headed-disbandment.

Emon74
07-18-2009, 11:43 AM
Swan song for Toyota

Date: October 30, 1983
Place: The Araneta Coliseum
Event: Sudden death game between Toyota and Tanduay for the last quarterfinals berth of the 1983 PBA Open conference, probably to ordinary PBA followers, Sunday, October 30, 1983 was an ordinary day, But to Toyota fanatics most especially, For them, said date was a day of mourning, a day that marked the death of a legendary basketball squad.
Indeed, the Toyota-Tanduay rubbermatch served as a final game of the Super Corollas as a one intact ballclub, and what a way for the Super Corollas to make their final exit. the Super Corollas were forced by the Rhummakers themselves to a knockout match for the last quarters berth after dealing them a 130-119 beating during the last playing date of the eliminations.
For a while during the course of the playoff match, Toyota seemed on its way to a big win after leading by as much as 13 points but entering the homestretch, Tanduay sprang back to life and made a last ditch rally that turned the game around, Mike Bilbao's pair of charities in the final 20 seconds gave the Rhummakers the lead 111-109.
Toyota import Andrew Fields then put in a lone free throw to make it 110-111, On Tanduay's next offensive play, Jose Yango was slapped with a 3 second violation, therby paving for a last second shot for the Super Corollas. with six seconds to go in the game.
But lady luck was not on Toyota's side, after a Super Corollas timeout, Tanduay anticipate Toyota's final play, as Alberto Guiterrez quickly harassed the inbounding Robert Jaworski, seeing the big J harassed, teammate Ramon Fernandez came out from a double low post play to get the pass, with 3 seconds left, Fernandez attempted a jumpshot that Tanduay import George Melton partially deflected, partner Francois Wise grabbed the ball as the buzzer sounded.
"my last play did not materialize, anyway, we played a good game and we tried hard" said Toyota coach Ed Ocampo. But try hard as they did, the Super Corollas were simply a failure. The loss sent the Super Corollas tumbling to 7th.place- their worst performance after nine years.
And after nine straight years, it was also the final PBA appearance of the mighty Toyota squad.

jsa
08-20-2009, 08:37 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong. But didn't the Big J figure in a fight against Francois Wise? I think I recall the Big J sitting on Wise's chest while throwing punches.

pepman
09-18-2009, 10:46 PM
PBA News
March 03, 1997

Jaworski charms PBA reporters

It was one of those rare times that he went up to the pressroom and allowed himself to be interviewed. It was also one rare occasion that he did not rant about the officiating.

Who would care to snob the media guys or berate the referees when you're up 3-0 and nothing could seem to go wrong?

Not the celebrated coach of the league's most popular ballclub. Not the oldest active basketball player in the world and yes, not the PBA's most controversial "cry baby."

For how can Robert Jaworski, alternately called the "Living Legend" and "Mr. Forever" still afford to hark on other facets of the game when his Gordon's Gin Boars, backed up by their throngs of die-hard fans,have just come from a masterful rout of the Pop Cola Bottlers, ensuring their best start ever in five years?

Give it to the man who will turn 51 next week and yet still playing the game he loves most and one which has been very kind to him.

"What's three wins compared to the other games we still have to play," he asked the denizens of the PBA press row as he tried to downplay their most impressive start ever in the play-for pay loop. "We still have to improve on a lot of things and this is just the beginning."

He then started rattling of the whys and wherefores of their improvement while citing players like Bal David, Marlou Aquino and Noli Locsin who all seemed to have found the chemistry needed to transform the Boars into one cohesive fighting unit.

Short of saying the best is yet to come (sounds like a government line, eh?), the man you'd either love or hate depending on which side of the fence you're in, had those guys at the press room tonguetied to the point that nobody failed to ask a question after the first two were fired.

Where these guys who used to hound him at the dugout (as he is not wont to visiting the pressroom particularly in those hardup days) simply mesmerized?

Call it, probably the charisma of the Living Legend or the magic of the man who has made believers out of millions and you'll see why after 22 seasons, he continues to be the PBA's main draw, the object of ridicule by the unbelieving and yes, the bane of the men in stripes who officiate the game.

He continues to be the anti-thesis to the dictum that players of his stature should be role models. Just watch out for those four-letter unprintables which he oh, so generously sprays to the referees and you'll know what we mean.

He continues to perk up the crowd with barreling drives, razzle dazzle plays and booming threepoint shots yet never fails to amuse us with his vehement protestations of calls which he thinks did not go his team's way.

But such is Jaworski. He knows how to play to the crowd and yes, to his team's fans. He would never ever refuse a chance to pose for a picture with them, sign an autograph for them and mingle with the very people who has made the PBA what it was today.

But then something struck us while trying to dissect the very reason why this man has stayed in the limelight this long. In fact so long, that he has remained the only pioneer player in the league, outlasting such contemporaries as Abet Guidaben and Mon Fernandez.

It occured to us, what if suddenly this man fades into the sunset and leaves everything behind? Will everything be the same? Supposing that after giving the La Tondena franchise a title in this All-Filipino or goes on to win a grandslam for his team, he announces his retirement and makes an orphan out of us all?

Will it make a lot of people long hankering for him to leave the hardcourt happy? Or will it make a lot of people, particularly the PBA front office sad?

Will the parents of kids so antagonized by his court behavior put their hands together in glee? Or will a lot of aspiring youngsters bow their heads in disbelief?

Will the PBA continue to break records or will it suffer at the gates?

We shudder to think at the consequences. How about you? On which fence will you be when that happens?

Tell us what you think, while we enjoy a shot of Gordon's Gin. Ahhh...

Emon74
09-30-2010, 04:22 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong. But didn't the Big J figure in a fight against Francois Wise? I think I recall the Big J sitting on Wise's chest while throwing punches.


I think Jaworski bodied up Wise for a rebound battle in an effort to thrown him out, It was admirable for the Big J to had that kind of guts to challenge Wise.

Emon74
05-10-2011, 10:31 AM
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Emon74
11-11-2013, 11:45 AM
Focus on MVP race
Statistically, It's Jaworski

Even the guys from the other camp, notably Filmanbank coach Lauro Mumar and big Billy Robinson concede that at this stage a week away from the balloting, only a "major disaster" can sidetrack Toyota's Sonny Jaworski from running away with the Most Valuable Player award of the 1978 PBA All-Filipino.
And indeed, a study of the Toyota superstar's performance chart shows how from the time the first conference started last April and all the way to Toyota's ouster of Crispa in last week's sudden death match between the two ballclubs for the last finals berth, Jaworski had proven himself the league's most outstanding all-around player.
In seven games in the first round, the 31-year old, two-time Olympian was seventh in the list of scoring leaders with a 21.43 average per game, In free throws, he held 12th place with an 81.48 conversion average from the 15-foot line. In rebounds, he ranked next to topnotcher Manny Paner of Great Taste Discoverers with a 14.14 average per game. In assists, he topped the field with an average of 7.71 assists per game. He also figured in the first round's list of players with most steals and interceptions.
In the second round, Jaworski went down from seventh to eighth in field goal scoring although his average for the stretch - 21.71 - was higher than his first round average. In free throws, Jaworski remained among the league's top 31 foul shooters, his 82.35 average earning him a 10th place ranking.
In rebounding, Jaworski was the highest filipino rebounder, his average of 13.57 per gameonly bested by Billy Robinson's 21.62 and Cisco Oliver's 15.57, In assists, Jaworski remained the top man with his average of 9.57 per game. Filmanbank coach Lauro Mumar had only one word to describe it: Awesome.
And 'Awesome' it really has been - the Big J's performance in a PBA series that had seen the Toyota Tamaraws survive a round of four crisis that for a while had threatened to lay to waste Jaworski's almost undisputed claim to the league's highest individual honor for its 1978 season.