Monday, September 10, 2007
MVP Year(s): 1982 (Toyota), 1984 (Beer Hausen)
1986 (Tanduay), 1988 (SMB/P'Foods)
College: San Carlos
Without doubt, he was the greatest player ever to strut his stuff in the PBA. A native of Maasin, Leyte, the 6-4½ beanpole mastered ever skill needed to play the game of basketball. He started out his career in the PBA rivalries. He dueled with Alberto Guidaben, was pitted against Philip Cezar and feuded on and off the court with Robert Jaworski. By the time he ended his career with an All-Filipino championship ring with San Miguel in 1994, the guy nicknamed "El Presidente" and the "Franchise" had neatly stuffed his vast trophy case with four Most Valuable Player trophies. He also ended leading the league in just about every statistical category. In 1989, when his spate of triple-doubles anchored San Miguel's grand slam run, he nearly brought home a fifth MVP.