THE man behind Barangay Ginebra’s never-say-die spirit was disappointed to see his beloved team suffer a heartbreaking 107-103 loss to TnT Katropa in Game Two of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.
Worst, it came on the night the franchise went retro with its playing uniform in honor of the 1997 champion team under 'Living Legend' Robert Jaworski.
Jaworski came home from a three-month stay in the US on Sunday and was welcomed by the specter of the Kings going down 0-2 in their best-of-five series with the Texters.
The 71-year-old Ginebra great was obviously upset after seeing the Kings let a game they dominated slip away in the final seconds.
“He was sad for the loss because Ginebra was leading almost all the way,” related Jaworski’s longtime friend and associate Reli de Leon to SPIN.ph.
De Leon said Jaworski is planning to watch Game 3 of the series on Thursday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, hoping his presence would boost the morale of the Kings as they fight for dear life.
Jaworski also noted the classic red and white jersey the Kings wore on Monday night, according to De Leon, as the team paid tribute to the Ginebra team (then carrying the name Gordon’s Gin banner) that won this same conference two decades ago when it beat Alaska – then coached by now Ginebra mentor Tim Cone – for the championship.
It was the second time the team played wearing throwback jerseys this conference after donning their 1991 uniform in a game against Meralco last month at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Although the style was a perfect replica of the same uniform that won for the ballclub its last title under the Jaworski era, the Big J had one issue with it.
“May kulang daw,” said De Leon. “Yung shorts daw mahaba.”