RARELY do we witness grown men cry. But when they do, it's for a very good reason.
Marvin Blakely had some pretty good ones after his son, Marqus, helped lead his team to the 2013 PBA Governors' Cup championship on Friday night.
"I am so proud (of Marqus) I never knew that I can get this much joy from a basketball game!" said the father of the San Mig import who wept unabashedly after the Mixers outlasted a determined Petron team, 87-77, in Game Seven.
Alternating between capturing the historic game on his handheld video camera from tip-off and exulting every time the PBA's best import awardee made a big play, the older Blakely stood out in his matching black baseball cap and shirt.
"In the clutch, he came through and I'm as proud as I can be," Marvin said as tears welled in his eyes while watching his son celebrate San Mig's 10th championship in franchise history.
Marvin said he was already in the country since the beginning of the conference and the joy more than made up for last season's "heartbreaker" when the Mixers lost to Rain or Shine in Game Seven of this same tournament.
"I was disappointed last year (but) I'm very happy this year... There are no words to express how proud I am truly", he added.
He said the joy will linger for quite awhile.
"It's gonna last for about two weeks," he said.