No divided loyalty for Jaworski in battle between his former teams Ginebra, Meralco
Cage great Robert Jaworski sits at ringside during Game Six of the PBA Finals. Jaime Campos

THE father of Barangay Ginebra has made known where his heart truly is.

Former Senator Robert Jaworski Sr., the legendary playing-coach behind the team's famed 'Never-Say-Die' mantra, said there is definitely no losers between the Kings and the Meralco Bolts the way they have been playing in the PBA Governors Cup finals.

But he's vocal enough to say which between the two teams he'd played for in his storied basketball career he is rooting for.

"There are no losers (in the finals), but I want Ginebra to win," said the 70-year-old Jaworski shortly upon arriving at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to watch Game Six of the title series.

Jaworski played for Meralco during his early years in the old MICAA in the early 70s before turning pro, where he built his legend as a star guard at Toyota and playing-coach of the popular Ginebra side.

The Big J has been keeping track of the finals right from the start and appreciates how both the Kings and Bolts have been playing a title series to remember.

“It’s amazing the competition is so close and the attitude and decorum of the players are fine, so we got a good game that comes about,” said Jaworski, who is in a brown jacket over white polo.

In the end, the Big J stressed it’s the basketball fans who are the winner.

“Today, there are no losers the way they have played the series,” he said.

The Big J later went personally inside the Ginebra dugout at the half and had a short pep talk with the Kings, who trailed 45-32 at the half.

“This is in support for my home, my family which is the PBA, and obviously for Ginebra,” Jaworski added. 

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