PBA: Jaworski has one wish after tightly contested Ginebra-Meralco series


Posted at Oct 28 2017 12:51 AM | Updated as of Oct 28 2017 07:25 AM

Former playing-coach Robert Jaworski talks to Mark Caguioa in Game 7 of the PBA Governors' Cup between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco on Friday. Jaworski hopes more rivalries in the PBA sprout after the tightly contested 7-game series. Jonathan Cellona

This year's PBA Governors' Cup finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco produced a thrilling 7-game series and one basketball legend loved every moment of it.

The "Big J" Robert Jaworski, who first instilled the "never say die" spirit in Ginebra, said he wants to see more rivalries in the wake of these dramatic finals, which the team he helped to build in 1980s and 1990s won.

"This is wonderful for the sport of basketball, considering it was a hard-fought game and both teams gave their best. It was hard but clean," said Jaworski, who joined more than 54,000 fans at Philippine Arena on Friday, the PBA all-time record for gate attendance.

He said he was at the venue not only to cheer the team he used to coach, but also to root for Meralco, which he played for before entering the PBA.

"Meralco was my team for a while and we won a lot of championships," Jaworski said.

"We have 54,000 (people here) and we understand a lot of them love the sport of basketball and they were rooting for Ginebra, a big number of them anyway.

"This is a victory not only for basketball but for Meralco and Ginebra. Again, I hope we can have more series like this."

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