MERALCO coach Norman Black had nothing but praise for former teammate and player Samboy Lim, who collapsed on Friday night while playing in an exhibition game at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig.
Black heard of the unfortunate news about the cage legend just before the start of the PBA Philippine Cup’s main game between the Bolts and the San Miguel Beermen at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I’m headed there now (Medical City). I think everybody’s saddened by the news, he’s (Lim) my former teammate,” Black told media men shortly after the Bolts’ 88-77 loss to the Beermen.
San Miguel assistant coach Biboy Ravanes broke the sad news to Black.
“Biboy Ravanes told me before the game that he collapsed. I wasn’t very happy about that but it kind of put things to perspective on what you do in life,” added Black, who, together with Lim, won nine league championships during their time together at San Miguel, including the 1989 Grand Slam.
Black, an 11-time PBA champion coach, called Lim a “great teammate” and a “hardworker.”
“We won a lot (of championships) together. We’re a family. We went to war together and nine times, we came out winners,” said the 57-year-old Black.
“He’s a great player, great person, has a great attitude, hard worker, who just had little bad luck with injuries. But probably he’s the second most popular player (in the league then) behind Robert Jaworski,” he added.
Lim, 53, a health buff, is currently being revived at the intensive care unit of the Medical City.