After being named to basketball’s Hall of Fame this year, Scottie Pippen gets another honor. This time he’ll be getting a well deserved statue in Chicago’s United Center similar to that of Michael Jordan. Wow, can’t wait to see it done. It will be so cool to see His Airness’s statue alongside Scottie’s at United Center. Wonder what’s it going to be like.
Known as “The Skywalker” and “The Dragon” in Philippine Basketball, Avelino Samboy Lim is one of the best local players ever produced. Part of the team that won the Jones Cup and ABC tournament, he was the first Pinoy to be included in the Mythical Five Selection in the 1990 Asian Games wherein they finished silver medal behind the much taller but then emerging powerhouse China. He’s also part of the 25 Greatest PBA players and a Hall of Famer in Philippine Basketball.
The Michael Jordan of RP basketball, or should I say the MJ of Asia, as the former was an understatement to my opinion, his brand of never say die, daredevil, skywalking style of play, has gained respect from Asian counterparts, as well as the taller and heftier Europeans and Americans when they played against them at the World Basketball Championships. Together with Allan “Triggerman” Caidic, they were the 1-2 punch of RP team. Everytime the opponent saw numbers 8 and 9 on court, they smell trouble so they better guard those two well and double them up.
Though hampered by injuries every season, he had always played 101% whenever he suited up right after his injuries were healed. Thus whenever he entered the game, everyone’s cheering him, even the fans of the opposing squad. Could have gotten multiple MVP’s if not for those injury plagued seasons, but nevertheless he had helped his team won championships after championships, even carrying the team won its first ever Grand Slam in ’89.
Showing the kids of today, he topscored on his team the last time there was a PBA Legends game wherein he played. A shootout between his buddy and fellow “Jacobs’ Boys” and SMB teammate Caidic were the highlights, with the Triggerman winning the MVP plum after they won that game.
Now, he has put up a basketball clinic that will pass the torch to younger generations. Aim to develop the youth’s untapped talents, the clinic will teach you the basics, the know hows and learn the secrets of the Skywalker’s game!
Join his camp and be the next big thing in Philippine Basketball! Next session starts on October 2010.