Friday, September 7, 2007
For 12 seasons, he was half of the most dominant pair to ever terrorize the All-Filipino hardcourts. But a trade last year split up his partnership with Alvin Patrimonio and saw him wear a new jersey for the first time since joining the PBA with Purefoods in 1988. He succeeded Philip Cezar as "Tapal King" and owns the single game record for blocks at 11.
A perennial member of the All-Defensive Team, this University of the East product was given the monicker "Defense Minister" for his tireless manning of the post. In fact, the 6-5 Codinera was also a terror on the offensive end who was blessed with an unerring 18-foot jumpshot not normally found in big men. He came close to winning an MVP award in 1993 but lost to Patrimonio in the tightest race for the prestigious trophy in league history.