THE BIG J- AGAINST ALL ODDS – In any fields of life, not all the time that you had an appreciation from your environment currently belonging to but they will be a critic that ready to test your credibility and personality as a whole. Robert Salazar Jaworski is the example of this, of course everybody knows where he belongs to. Born at Baguio City, Philippines dated March 8, 1946-a son of a Filipina mother and Polish father. His nature of passion, dedication and greatness represents his personality but on the other school of thought, he is a dirty problem and has attitude problem therefore, many tons of negatives will throw against him.
The fame of his hoops career was started at University of the East which he bagged back-to-back collegiate championships (1966-1967). Then, after that he has stint to several amateur leagues such as the defunct MICAA (Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association). His heated argument with the referees meted by lifetime ban was become noticeable in all newspaper outlets. Until the born of Philippine Basketball Association in 1975, he was returned to his sport he loved.
Robert Jaworski played with the powerhouse
He played to the powerhouse squad named Toyota Comets alongside with Ramon Fernandez and Francis Arnaiz. In my whole life, my mother will always say that Jaworski is the beast of basketball. His behavior, tone of speech makes my mother anger to him. My mother represents the anti- Jawo crowd that will continue to throw “boos” every time he handles the ball. Some of the people answer in my poll question posted on the social media states that Jawo did not deserve this kind of recognition- recognition that will reminisce the great memories and achievements of a basketball star.
In the country which predominantly Catholic people, morals on all notable personalities (whether you are a politician, artist, et.al) should be maintain and observe. Despite the dirty plays committed during his prime, I think he deserve to grab an appreciation from the people especially the masses that loves him so much all over his career. Before his arrival at the basketball venue, he is willing to signed autographs to his die-hard fanatics. That was an unforgettable one for them.
What is the standard of a player who wants to retire his jersey?? I don’t think morality is a good fit to this but there is a proper venue to speak on it. This is a precious time for Jawo to give back his debits to die-hard fans by retiring his jersey. Regardless of criticisms that the PBA is totally down that this ceremony will grab high ratings, I know together with a millions of Ginebra fans is excited to this emotional moment of their lives.
His greatness will totally be a legacy for the league- against all odds. In the last few years, his beloved team Barangay Ginebra of Philippine Basketball Association struggling to make into the championship round. The sense of urgency is there. There was such an instance that they need Jaworski to take over to regain the old franchise stamina. His silent respond was discussed through social media accounts. Maybe his health at the old age of 70 cannot be compete in battling minds of young and energetic basketball head coaches. Even being a president of basketball operations refused to accept.
Now, the Philippines entering to the new presidency, someone made a joke that the name “Duterte” are same pronounced as “Ginebra” when cheering by the ton of people. The fans are still hoping for a championship title. That was a true spirit instilled by none other than The Big J. Roster adjustments via trades will be painful to watch in part of the fans but it could be help in continuing his legacy toward true sportsmanship.