Narvasa threatens to bar Jammer Jamito from slam-dunk contest over side-step stunt
PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa says Jammer Jamito 'wasted a chance to show that he belongs (in the PBA All-Stars) with his tongue-in-cheek stunt. Jerome Ascano

JAMMER Jamito's sidestep slam in the last PBA Slam Dunk contest was hilarious enough to be featured in the opening spiel of the NBA cable talk show, 'The Starters.'

Chito Narvasa doesn't find it funny.

The PBA commissioner, in fact, found the tongue-in-cheek stunt offensive enough that he has threatened to bar the Barangay Ginebra rookie from participating in the All-Star side event in the future.

"Hindi na makakaulit sa akin 'yan," said Narvasa, as quoted by Philippine Star columnist Nelson Beltran in his column for the tabloid Pang-Masa.

"Sinayang n'ya ang opportunity to show that he belongs," Narvasa added.

[See Jamito sidestep dunk makes it to NBA cable talk show 'The Starters']

Jamito, a rookie who has seen little action for Ginebra this season, drew gasps from the Lucena crowd before one of his dunks when he asked teammate Japeth Aguilar to stand under the goal.

But instead of jumping over Aguilar, the unheralded rookie sidestepped past his 6-9 teammate and put in a one-handed dunk which got a measly 37 points from the judges - but a 10 on the laugh meter.

Meralco's Chris Newsome won the dunk contest - but it was the Jamito jam that made the rounds on social media.

The Ginebra rookie later bared it was a stunt he came up with precisely to draw laughs on All-Star Week, perhaps the only time of the season when both players and coaches let their hair down to entertain fans.

[See Jamito draws laughs with best Euro step in slam-dunk history]

Apparently, the usual practice, both in the NBA and PBA, of league stars having fun in the first three quarters of All-Star Games before turning it on in the final minutes doesn't sit well with Narvasa, too.

"First, this is for the fans at dapat makapanood sila ng quality game. Secondly, they are called All-Star players and they have to prove that they belong. Dapat irespeto nila ang pagkakapili sa kanila na masali sa event na ito,” Narvasa told Beltran.


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