GINEBRA is going through a rough patch and this is not the time for fans to be divided.
So says Noli Locsin, the former Ginebra star who, in one of the rare interviews he has given about Ginebra since leaving the team, asked disillusioned fans to rally behind the league's most popular ballclub.
“Dapat magkaroon ng patience ang mga kabarangay, let’s give the team a chance,” said Locsin, adding an import switch and a change of coaches is an adjustment that is never easy for any team.
“Bago yung import nila, saka maraming bago sa team. Bigyan pa sana sila ng chance. Mahaba pa naman yung conference,” declared 'The Tank.'
Locsin stressed that Ginebra has always been known to come back from the deepest holes, being a team which takes pride in its popular slogan, 'never say die.'
The burly forward from Bacolod knows how it is to be down, remembering that Ginebra slipped to a 0-10 win-loss campaign in the 1995 Governors’ Cup during his sophomore year.
“Hindi naman talaga laging panalo. May time rin na matatalo ka. Kung ang gulong bilog at gumugulong, ganun din ang bola,” said Locsin, now the part owner of a yuppies bar in Greenhills called Chivz Lounge Bar.
“Basta sa ngayon siguro, mas manalangin pa ng todo ang mga fans, and good things will come."
The 6-2 wingman was one of the most popular players in the last batch of players handled by former Ginebra playing coach Robert Jaworski and Locsin said he will always be part of the team.
“Dyan tayo nakilala nang husto, kaya hindi puwedeng hindi magkaroon ng malaking parte sa puso ko ang Ginebra," he said.