ASIDE from having a famous basketball name and a familiar number at the back of your jersey, there's also one other advantage in being a basketball-playing Lastimosa.
You have a famous uncle who can help straighten you out when you go astray.
Carlo Dan Lastimosa said he is proud to carry on the family's proud basketball tradition started by his dad Danny and his uncle, and thankful for the advice and nuggets of wisdom handed down from time to time by his tito Jojo.
“Nag-usap kami ni tito, sabi niya tumatanda na ako at ayusin ko daw yung buhay ko at ‘wag yung pa-easy easy lang. Alam niya na meron pa ako mai-improve,” said Lastimosa, who was happy to see Jolas watching from ringside during College of St. Benilde's loss to San Sebastian on Monday.
Carlo's dad, Danny, was a burly forward who played alongside Jolas in the Mama's Love team that became a crowd darling in the old Philippine Amateur Basketball League. The stint served as the launch pad of Jolas who went on to have a successful pro career that saw him become a member of the PBA's 25 Greatest Players.
Jolas remains deeply involved in the game running clinics for former team Alaska, playing on the legends circuit and doing TV commentary work, and is in the best position to help guide the blossoming career of his nephew, one of the top scorers in the NCAA while wearing his uncle's No. 6 jersey number.
A known straight shooter, Jolas doesn't hesitate to step in when he feels the young Lastimosa needs some reminders.
“Lately, I didn’t like what I’m seeing with his antics on the court, drawing attention to himself. I told him that kung di siya magbabago hanggang dyan na lang siya,” said the former Alaska star.
“I told him that at this stage, you’re zero, you have no right to complain to your coach or your teammates on what’s going on,” he added.
Jolas said he sees a bright future for his nephew and he doesn't want to see him let the talent go to waste.
“Your popularity could only go as far,” said Jojo on the sidelines of the St. Benilde-San Sebastian match. “But what is important is how you carry yourself and people will respect you for who you are and not for your popularity. Always be grounded and humble.”
More than basketball, Jolas wants his nephew to stand out in the game of life.
“I’m prouder of Carlo as a person than him being a basketball player although I can see him creating his own niche and he’s doing what he likes,” added the PBA 1988 Rookie of the Year.