NO less than Barangay Ginebra’s spiritual leader will be around in Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal playoff against TNT KaTropa, where the Kings face a life or death situation.
Legend Robert Jaworski has confirmed that he will be watching the 7 p.m. match - a good news that comes like a rain in the dessert for the league’s most popular ballclub which is currently staring at a huge 0-2 deficit in the best-of-five series.
“Yes,” was the curt reply of longtime Jaworski confidante and friend Reli de Leon in a message sent to SPIN.ph.
The presence of the 71-year-old icon augurs well for a Ginebra side that needs to sweep all three remaining games of the semis to make it back to the finals.
Coach Tim Cone on Wednesday lamented the obvious absence of the hordes of Barangay Ginebra, which he said has been the team’s sixth man.
“We really missed our big crowd,” said the multi-title mentor a day after the Kings lost Game Two, 107-103. “We’re hoping our crowd comes back to give us a huge lift to get us back in the series.”
Told about a hint Jaworski, fresh from a three-month vacation in the U.S., may watch the team’s next game, Cone responded by saying, ‘Hope so!’
Jaworski has proven his charisma and magic with the team hasn’t waned all these years.
He was also at ringside of the Big Dome when Ginebra ended its eight-year title drought last year by winning the Governors Cup championship in Game Six of the finals against Meralco.
The Big J later supported his former team by showing up at the Mall of the Asia Arena during the decisive Game 7 of the Philippine Cup semifinals between the Kings and the Star Hotshots, which Ginebra won.
The only time Ginebra lost in his presence came during Game Five of the last Philippine Cup finals when the San Miguel Beermen blasted the Kings, 91-85, to win their third straight all-Filipino crown.