Sunday, September 9, 2007

Jojo Lastimosa

He had the personality of Robert Jaworski, but in a smaller case. Half of those who knew him loved him. But the Cagayan de Oro-bred cager was never one who would mind. He had a job to do and he made sure as hell that he did it. His clutch jumper was the most feared in crunchtime situations and he was one those players who took his game from above the rim to outside in the perimeter.

In 1988, he won the Rookie of the Year award despite not sharing harmonious relationship with the press, who mistook his serious behavior as outright snobbishness. The height of his career came when he skippered Alaska to a rare grand slam in 1996. This season, he took a shift in career when he severed his ties with Alaska to take on the role of team leader for the rebuilding Pop Cola Squad.

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