EVEN with a successful PBA career, Ricky Brown admitted having three regrets by the time he called it quits more than two decades ago.
His lament included not having played in the same backcourt as Living Legend Robert Jaworski, and not playing as much as he wanted for the man responsible for bringing him over to the Philippines back in 1981.
“I would have given everything in the world to play for Ginebra with Robert Jaworski,” said Brown on Sunday when he was honored as a PBA Hall of Famer and one of the 25 Greatest Players in league history before a jampacked crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“That would have been very special for me, to play in the backcourt with Robert Jaworski,” added the retired 55-year-old shooting guard, the first Fil-Am player to suit up in the PBA.
As much as he felt proud of having played for San Miguel where he won a rare Grand Slam in 1989, he admitted overlooking the chance of joining Ginebra and Jaworski when he left Great Taste in 1987.
“I haven’t shared this very often with many people because I don't wear my heart on my sleeves. But I regret that when I left Great Taste, even though I love San Miguel and wouldn’t change anything going to that first-class organization with those great players, I would have really love to play for Robert Jaworski.”
San Miguel was under the care of Andres Soriano III in Brown's three years with the Beermen. It was a few years after his retirement that former basketball project director Ambassador Eduardo `Danding’ Cojuangco took over the ownership of the franchise.
“I didn’t have an opportunity to play for Mr. Cojuangco in the PBA especially when he came to San Miguel, because when I was with San Miguel, it was still the Soriano group who’s in charge,” recalled the former Pepperdine University stalwart.
Brown credited Cojuangco with having facilitated his arrival in the country 31 years ago to play for the national team under then coach Ron Jacobs.
The 1985 PBA MVP’s decision to leave the national team was another big regret of him.
“I think that’s one of the first regrets I had. I didn’t get the chance to continue to play for the national team,” he said.