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Robert Jaworski Player Profile “The Living Legend” Philippine Basketball Team
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“The Living Legend” Robert Salazar Jaworski known as Sonny or Jawo, was born in Baguio on the 8th of March 1946. Jaworski started with the PBA in pioneer year 1975 and served many victorious Philippine Basketball teams. A true legend in the local and international basketball, “Big J” is renowned for baseball passes, behind the back dishes, sneaky booming treys, barrel drives, elite basketball IQ and undying tenacity in the court.

Filipino

Si “Living Legend” Robert Salazar Jaworski na kilala sa Sonny o Jawo, ay ipinanganak sa Baguio ika-8 ng Marso 1946. Nagsimula sa PBA taon 1975 at nagserbisyo sa matatagumpay na koponang pambansa. Dakila sa lokal at internasyonal na basketbol, si “Big J” ay maaalala sa mala-baseball at galing likod na mga pasa, panakaw na tres, pabulusok na atake sa basket, talino sa court at ‘di matatawarang bangis at angas.

 

 
•Height:
6 ft 1 in (185 cm)

•Position:
Point Guard

•Born:
March 8, 1946 – Baguio City

•College:
University of the East

•Real Name:
Robert Salazar Jaworski

•Jersey:
No. 7

Robert Jaworski Player Profile
Player photos sourced from PBA and Newspaper clippings
WORLDS
13th Place
1974

OLYMPICS
13th Place
1968

PBA
MVP
1978

MICAA
MVP
1970

FIBA Asia
GOLD • 2x
1967 • 1973

 
• Trivia:
One of the rare pure Point Guards to have ever won a PBA MVP award, Jaworski dominated the 1978 season with 10.20 Rebounds, 8.24 Assists and 20.42 Points per game. What made this feat special was that the PBA season featured reinforcement imports with unlimited height.
• His Memorable Quote:
• “Kung ayaw mo masaktan, mag-chess ka na lang.” • “Hindi porke maganda sapatos mo mananalo ka. Kapag masipag ka, kahit luma sapatos mo, may tsansa ka.” • “Ako, kapag tinaga mo ako sa kaliwang braso, bagoong at dinuguan ang lalabas sa akin” • “It’s tough but I always say, I would rather play against a good team and show my best and try and win than play against a joker team and lose.” 
• What others said:
“I am just mentally prepared and I owe all of this to Sonny Jaworski, He was a great player back in his days, I watched film on his games and I had much respect for him. He was a great basketball player and still has a bunch of knowledge to give to the young athletes.” said Tony Harris when he made 105 points against Jaworski’s team
• PBA Draft History:
• Toyota – PBA founded 1975
• Signature Moves:
• Baseball pass • Between the legs pass • Barrel drive • No look pass • Behind the back pass
• Major Leagues Played For:
PBA
FIBA
OLYMPICS
MICAA
UAAP
23 PBA Seasons

Pts Ave Hi
20.4

Ast Ave Hi
GP HI AVG

Stl Ave Hi
GP HI AVG

Reb Ave Hi
GP HI AVG

3P Pct Hi
GP HI AVG

2P Pct Hi
GP HI AVG

FT Ave Hi
GP HI AVG

Blk Ave Hi
GP HI AVG

Mins Ave Hi
GP HI AVG

GP Ave Hi
GP HI AVG

Robert Jaworski Player Profile

: The historic battle between the guest NCC Team and Ginebra will forever be etched in the annals of PBA records and may have probably immortalized the tag “Never Say Die” attitude to Jaworski. The “Big J” received an incidental elbow from NCC import Jeff Moore in the 2nd canto of the game, resulting to a bloody gash to Jaworski’s face. Jawo was then sent to the hospital for stitches. As Ginebra trailed NCC by big 15 deficit in the 4th quarter, Sonny bandaged and all, came back to the roar of the crowd and led Ginebra in a come-from-behind surprise victory. Jaworski’s legend continues to the present generation. As long as a Ginebra team in the PBA exists, Jaworski will always be a legacy foretold time and again.




• Robert Jaworski Player Profile

• International All-Time Career Totals

Year
Event
GP
Mins
FGM
FGA
3M
3A
FTM
FTA
OR
DR
TOR
AST
STL
BLK
PTS
HI

1974
FIBA World
7
28
36
100
23

1968
Olympics
9
154
36
72
24
34
96
16

• International Career Averages

Year
Event
GP
Mins
3P%
2P%
FT%
REB
AST
STL
BLK
PTS
HI

1974
FIBA World
7
.778
14.3
23

1968
Olympics
9
154
.500
.706
10.7
16

• PBA All-Time Career Totals

Season
PBA Team
GP
Mins
3M
3A
FGM
FGA
FTM
FTA
TOR
OR
DR
AST
STL
BLK
PTS
HI

1975
Toyota
55
1733
336
731
133
180
351
150
DR
314
54
12
805

1976
Toyota
57
1845
376
759
131
207
383
120
DR
314
75
22
883

1977
Toyota
58
2264
464
970
190
260
453
113
DR
441
55
24
1118

1978
Toyota
55
2165
473
915
177
218
561
174
DR
453
99
15
1123

1979
Toyota
60
2294
414
857
150
183
480
156
DR
433
97
19
978
31

1980
Toyota
57
2155
96
260
272
562
166
205
386
147
DR
332
76
6
998
34

1981
Toyota
38
1379
38
130
144
305
72
96
234
71
DR
263
59
8
474
23

1982
Toyota Super Corollas
29
907
26
105
88
171
47
81
139
54
DR
142
21
3
301
23

1983
Toyota Silver Corollas
35
1102
28
97
135
251
75
104
190
73
DR
205
41
2
429
27

1984
Gilbey’s Gin Tonics
25
884
34
106
105
232
70
93
164
50
DR
199
31
4
382
33

1985
Ginebra San Miguel
48
1539
40
125
161
329
112
149
253
104
DR
311
61
7
554
25

1986
Ginebra San Miguel
59
1720
70
193
127
280
89
111
251
90
DR
411
44
2
553
28

1987
Ginebra San Miguel
40
1195
56
175
87
191
86
111
196
82
DR
266
34
7
428
26

1988
Ginebra • Anejo
66
1793
55
202
201
381
153
195
281
105
375
DR
42
6
720
28

1989
Anejo Rhum 65
55
1412
54
181
159
337
108
154
270
97
DR
226
40
2
558
24

1990
Anejo Rhum 65
49
1283
54
161
131
286
122
160
181
59
DR
290
41
0
546
29

1991
Ginebra San Miguel
51
1282
46
132
96
215
83
102
234
54
DR
292
22
2
413
20

1992
Ginebra San Miguel
21
456
20
44
37
83
35
49
62
18
DR
128
11
0
169
23

1993
Ginebra San Miguel
3
65
1
8
6
12
1
1
6
2
DR
23
0
0
16
10

1994
Tondena 65 Rhum
24
481
12
45
22
44
25
35
73
16
DR
121
10
1
105
15

1995
Ginebra San Miguel
18
390
5
30
17
32
8
14
48
8
DR
105
7
0
57
9

1996
Ginebra Na!
35
539
6
36
17
47
18
26
119
33
DR
124
13
1
70

1997
Gordon’s Gin Boars
20
20
8
10
6
9
52
5
DR
57
5
0
50

• PBA Career Averages

Season
PBA Team
GP
Mins
3P%
2P%
FT%
REB
AST
STL
BLK
PTS
HI

1975
Toyota
55
31.51
3P%
2P%
FT%
6.38
5.71
0.98
0.22
14.64

1976
Toyota
57
32.37
3P%
2P%
FT%
6.72
5.51
1.31
0.38
15.49

1977
Toyota
58
39.03
3P%
2P%
FT%
7.81
7.60
0.95
0.41
19.27

1978
Toyota
55
39.36
3P%
2P%
FT%
10.20
8.24
1.80
0.27
20.42

1979
Toyota
60
38.23
3P%
2P%
FT%
6.00
7.22
1.62
0.32
16.30
31

1980
Toyota
57
37.81
3P%
2P%
FT%
6.77
5.82
1.33
0.10
17.51
34

1981
Toyota
38
36.29
3P%
2P%
FT%
6.16
6.92
1.55
0.21
12.47
23

1982
Toyota Super Corollas
29
31.27
3P%
2P%
FT%
4.79
4.90
0.72
0.10
10.38
23

1983
Toyota Silver Corollas
35
31.48
3P%
2P%
FT%
5.43
5.86
1.17
0.06
12.26
27

1984
Gilbey’s Gin Tonics
25
35.36
3P%
2P%
FT%
6.56
7.96
1.24
0.16
15.28
33

1985
Ginebra San Miguel
48
32.06
3P%
2P%
FT%
5.27
6.48
1.27
0.14
11.54
25

1986
Ginebra San Miguel
59
29.15
3P%
2P%
FT%
4.25
6.97
0.74
0.03
9.37
28

1987
Ginebra San Miguel
40
29.87
3P%
2P%
FT%
4.90
6.65
0.85
0.17
10.70
26

1988
Ginebra • Anejo
66
27.17
3P%
2P%
FT%
4.26
5.68
0.64
0.09
10.91
28

1989
Anejo Rhum 65
55
25.67
3P%
2P%
FT%
4.91
4.11
0.73
0.04
10.14
24

1990
Anejo Rhum 65
49
26.18
3P%
2P%
FT%
3.69
5.92
0.84
0.00
11.14
29

1991
Ginebra San Miguel
51
25.14
3P%
2P%
FT%
4.59
5.72
0.43
0.04
8.10
20

1992
Ginebra San Miguel
21
21.71
3P%
2P%
FT%
2.95
6.09
0.52
0.00
8.05
23

1993
Ginebra San Miguel
3
21.67
3P%
2P%
FT%
2.00
7.67
0.00
0.00
5.33
10

1994
Tondena 65 Rhum
24
20.04
3P%
2P%
FT%
3.04
5.04
0.42
0.04
4.37
15

1995
Ginebra San Miguel
18
21.67
3P%
2P%
FT%
2.67
5.83
0.39
0.00
3.17
9

1996
Ginebra Na!
35
15.40
3P%
2P%
FT%
3.40
3.54
0.37
0.03
2.00

1997
Gordon’s Gin Boars
20
1.00
3P%
2P%
FT%
2.60
2.85
0.25
0.00
2.50

• National Team Tour of Duty

RP Team
Olympics Men’s Basketball
1974 • Puerto Rico

RP Team
FIBA World Championship
1968 • Mexico

RP Team
FIBA Asia (ABC)
1973 • Manila

RP Team
FIBA Asia (ABC)
1971 • Tokyo

RP Team
FIBA Asia (ABC)
1969 • Bangkok

RP Team
FIBA Asia (ABC)
1967 • Seoul

RP Team
Asian Games Basketball
1974 •

RP Team
Asian Games Basketball
1966 • Bangkok

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

• International Awards

13TH PLACE
Olympic Men’s Basketball
1974 • Puerto Rico

13th PLACE
FIBA World Championship
1968 • Mexico

1ST • GOLD
FIBA Asia Championship
1973• Manila

1ST • GOLD
FIBA Asia Championship
1967 • Seoul

1ST • GOLD
Asian Games Basketball
1966 • Bangkok

2ND • SILVER
FIBA Asia Championship
1971 • Tokyo

2RD • BRONZE
FIBA Asia Championship
1969 • Bangkok

• Pro Career: PBA Philippine Basketball Association

Not Drafted – Elevated • Toyota Comets
1975 Season Direct Hire No PBA Draft

TOYOTA COMETS
1975-1981 Season

TOYOTA SUPER COROLLAS
1982 Season

TOYOTA SILVER COROLLAS
1983 Season

GILBEY’S GIN TONICS
1984 Season

Ginebra SAN MIGUEL
1985-1987 Season

GINEBRA SANMIGUEL•ANEJO RHUM 65
1988 Season

ANEJO RHUM 65
1989-1990 Season

GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL
1991-1993 Season

TONDENA 65 RHUM
1994 Season

GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL
1995 Season

GINEBRA NA!
1996 Season

GORDON’S GIN BOARS
1997 Season

• Pro Career Accomplishments: PBA Philippine Basketball Association

PBA Hall of Fame Member
Class of 2005

PBA 25 Greatest Players

Most Valuable Player MVP • 1x
1978 Season

All Star Game Member • 4x
’77, ’78, ’79, ’80, ’81, ’86 Season

Mythical First Team • 6x
’77, ’78, ’79, ’80, ’81, ’86 Season

Mythical 2nd Team • 6x
1985 • 1988 Season

• Amateur Career: Played for MICAA

YCO PAINTERS
1967

MERALCO REDDYWATTS
1970

KOMATSU COMETS
1973-1974

MICAA Most Valuable Player
1970

MICAA Champion • 2x
1973 • 1974

• COLLEGE CAREER: PLAYED FOR UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST • UAAP

UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST
1964-1967

UAAP MVP • 1x
1997-1998

UAAP CHAMPION • 2x
1966 • 1967

written by Rock Punzalan
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