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Pinoy Basketball: Top 10 Players We Miss on the Hardcourt
We list 10 guys who played the game extraordinarily well.
By: Macky Soriano  |   Published on: Aug 11, 2010 - 9:00am

Carlos Loyzaga in his prime.

7. CARLOS LOYZAGA (The Big Difference)

Loyzaga was famous even before he turned pro. His exploits as a player for San Beda College in the NCAA had sports fans in a frenzy. This two-time Olympian and has led the Philippines to a third place finish (bronze medal) in the 1954 Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) World Championship in Brazil, the highest rank that any Asian nation has achieved in the quadrennial event.


Before he became a comedian, Benjie Paras was a never-say-die player.

8. BENJIE PARAS (The Tower of Power)

This former UP Maroons center played for the Shell Turbochargers when he drafted in 1989. He is the first PBA player to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in the same year, a feat that is still unmatched up to this date. He hung up his jersey in 2003. By then, he had amassed 10,322 points, 4,402 rebounds, 1,822 assists, 1,323 blocks, and 221 steals.

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  • ikabod
    If i will make a list of top best players of philippine basketball, i will make it top 12 best players.The following are my 12 best players played in the PBA.rn1. Caidicrn2> Patrimoniorn3. Cezarrn4> Fernandezrn5. Lim, Samboyrn6. Adornadorn7. Florenciorn8. Calmarn9. Arnaizrn10. Cordinera, Jerryrn11. Jaworkirn12. Abarrientos
    Jul 27 2011 @ 09:56pm     Reply  
  • badz
    idol talaga kita coach Epoy Jalmasco
    Dec 05 2010 @ 02:25pm     Reply  
  • tagahanga1962
    I must have read atleast 15 comments asking for SAMBOY LIM to be included in this list. If you need to be reminded of his "SKYWALKER" glory days - go to Youtube and check out the following channels for his videos:rnrnTagahanga1962 and coy1959
    Oct 23 2010 @ 08:28am     Reply  
  • marites
    OO nga, bakit wala dito si AVELINO "SAMBOY" LIM -the Skywalker? Sino ba ang gumawa nang list na ito - bakit di nasama si Samboy? Para sa mga nakakaintindi nang basketball - si SAMBOY LIM ang ISA sa mga pinaka-magaling na player na naglaro sa PBA. PAKI REVISE ANG LIST MO DUDE - INCLUDE SI SAMBOY LIM - SIYA ANG IDOL NANG BAYAN!
    Oct 23 2010 @ 08:23am     Reply  
  • laong laan
    bakit nga wala si samboy at si bogs adornado?
    Sep 17 2010 @ 01:10pm     Reply  
  • taratitat
    kung wala si samboy sa list na ito, hindi ito totoo
    Sep 03 2010 @ 02:14pm     Reply  
  • senyong
    itong sampung players ang na miss ng writer e.wala na tayong magagawa.nagtanong lang siguro sa ate nya.gumawa kayo sarili nyong list.
    Aug 20 2010 @ 08:53pm     Reply  
  • bballfan
    I think the writer intentionally did not include Samboy Lim in the Top 10 as a bait for the readers to post comments here. I'm pretty sure this writer knows it so well how popular Samboy Lim is in Philippine basketball. Good bait but a gamble not to include Samboy in your Top 10 list as you will get nasty comments from the fans. But I guess you are also prepared for that..
    Aug 20 2010 @ 04:12pm     Reply  
  • arvin
    tang na nyo mga b0klogz pang3t nam@n..
    Aug 19 2010 @ 11:17am     Reply  
  • friessssssss
    johnny abarientos???? he must be on this list!
    Aug 18 2010 @ 10:50am     Reply  
  • ramjo
    Sorry but have to disagree with this list. Sino ba ang gumawa nito? Wala si Samboy but Codinera is here? The latter may be good, but I am sure Samboy is much better and much more likeable, and much more missed compared to Codinera and some of the other names here on this crappy list.
    Aug 16 2010 @ 04:31pm     Reply  
  • Raymond
    I know its difficult to choose just 10, sana may specific na player profile na lang na pinili (exciting players, defensive stoppers, power players, role players etc.). Exciting drivers such as Samboy Lim, Paul Alvarez...defenders such as Chito Loyzaga, Ricky Relosa...fascinating point guards like Johnny A. and Ronnie Magsanoc. Jerry Codinera? Benjie Paras? I don't think they' should even be there side-by-side Jawo...just my thought. I still think Samboy Lim should at least be there in your top 10 thing.
    Aug 16 2010 @ 03:36pm     Reply  
  • deadpandesal
    sana sinali sina ricky brown, ricly relosa, yoyoy villamin,
    mama mamaril and si billy ray bates.
    Aug 13 2010 @ 08:11pm     Reply  
  • william
    dapat di sinama si caloy loyzaga, another era na yun altho he was and still is the greatest Pinoy basketball player ever.

    Madaling makalimutan si samboy kasi laging wala but he brought excitement to the court. I disagree with Amapalayo and Abarrientos. Sa playmaking lang, wala yan ke Mike Bilbao or Hector Calma. Nataon lang wala siyang kasabay na magaling na point guard kaya pansinin,
    Aug 13 2010 @ 03:00pm     Reply  
  • wilyam
    Caloy Loyzaga was never a pro player. Please be reminded that the MICAA teams decided to turned pro and establsihed the PBA in 1976.

    While Danny Florencio was a good player, William Adornado was the better forward. He was one of those who starred in our last champion team in the ABC, 1973. He was in fact a better shooter than Allan Caidic can ever dream of. Alan needed his screens most of the time to make his points, Adornado made his points on his accord, with or without the screen. Note that Adornado was a three time MVP so he should be there.

    Philip Cezar was a real stalwart in defense even during his NCAA days. Talo niya pa sa supalpalan si Ed Carvajal who was teammate. It was really a pleasure watching his battle royale with Mon Fernandez. Saan na kaya sila.

    While Jaworski might be popular, I hope people will not misconstrue popularity with basketball talent. Mabait kasi si Jawo sa fans kaya lagi siyang naalala ng lahat but he was just a bully inside the court. A dirty player especially during his younger days. E sino ba nanahod kahit na siya ay isa ng senior citizen sa PBA. But, his charisma is really something else.
    Aug 13 2010 @ 02:56pm     Reply  
  • lynette
    ronnie magsanoc, the point laureate!
    Aug 12 2010 @ 06:00pm     Reply  
  • whatsthefrequency
    Nelson Asaytono pa! at si EJ Feihl, yung malaking bano
    Aug 12 2010 @ 04:13pm     Reply  
  • Ro
    Ay, Noli Locsin din! I miss seeing Noli Locsin play!
    Aug 12 2010 @ 03:30pm     Reply  
  • Ro
    My Top Ten: Allan Caidic, Mon Fernandez, Robert Jaworski, Samboy Lim, Alvin Patrimonio, Johnny Abarientos, Jerry Codinera, Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc, Vergel Meneses
    Aug 12 2010 @ 02:37pm     Reply  
  • otartil
    bro bat nga d na sam c samboy lim En Noli Locsin
    Aug 12 2010 @ 01:27pm     Reply  
  • toyang
    @ bulag: mismo hahaha! pero kahit nga yung mga mamahaling pagkain, may nami-miss pa rin, flop :P baka nage-enjoy ang spot sa mga pag-criticize ng top 10 nila (good or bad feedback, at least laging meron), kaya sige pa rin sila?
    Aug 12 2010 @ 11:36am     Reply  
  • ai80
    where's samboy lim? and whatever happened to dondon ampalayo?
    Aug 12 2010 @ 03:26am     Reply  
  • Dodot
    Bakit wala si ponky alolor at sonny cabatu? Dapat si Harmon Codinera at hindi si Jerry ang nasa list.
    Aug 11 2010 @ 10:56pm     Reply  
  • quiapo
    the grammar was horrid. wala bang editor?
    Aug 11 2010 @ 10:30pm     Reply  
  • Jowana Bueser
    Johnny Abarrientos! Dapat may part 2.
    Aug 11 2010 @ 07:16pm     Reply  
  • gai
    rudy distrito, dante gonzalgo & dondon ampalayo
    Aug 11 2010 @ 06:52pm     Reply  
  • +10
    huwaaat?! wala si magicman dondon ampalayo?!
    actually, kulang ang 10, dapat 50 (like the nba's 50 greatest players, get what i mean?)!
    Aug 11 2010 @ 05:44pm     Reply  
  • bulag
    in any top 10 list, kasama dapat, dapat si Samboy Lim. please lang spot, wag na kayo magpanggap na sports fans or analysts. focus na lang kayo sa mamahaling pagkain at mga nakyu-kyutan nyong kriminal
    Aug 11 2010 @ 05:05pm     Reply  
  • socialsuicide
    ganito ang tunay na fan:

    "he may not have won any mvp award but during his time, samboy was acknowledged as the second most popular cager, next only to jaworski. spectators chanted his name every time he entered the court and esp when he got the ball. he electrified the crowd with his death-defying aerial moves." > blithe
    Aug 11 2010 @ 05:05pm     Reply  
  • socialsuicide
    kaya ko nasabi na hindi tunay na baskteball fan ang nagsulat ay hindi dahil sa may nakaligtaan siya sa list. sampu nga lang naman. it's how he described the attributes of the players on the list and failed to say how they energized the game/audience. why we miss or why we should miss them was never expounded. yun lang powh
    Aug 11 2010 @ 04:59pm     Reply  
  • kapengmabula
    @stoked, don't forget falcasantos, cheng, zaldana, pati si feihl (ke laki laking tao, halos wala namang silbi)
    Aug 11 2010 @ 04:43pm     Reply  
  • stoked
    boy tinapay! ayos ang memorya mo sa garbage players ah! hahaha. wag nyo ka.limutan si bryan gahol, jun marzan, macky de hoya at jv gayoso. di kumpleto ang 90s pag wala yang mga yan.
    Aug 11 2010 @ 04:32pm     Reply  
  • jamby en Pokey
    Nasan si Bonel Balingit the gentle giant????? at si aries franco? poooocha....
    Aug 11 2010 @ 04:04pm     Reply  
  • Trygem Go
    samboy lim not on the list? and freddie webb chosen before him? you've GOT to be kidding me.
    Aug 11 2010 @ 03:47pm     Reply  
  • jacqueline monaco
    "i don't think the writer is a real basketball fan"

    We miss:
    Paul "Bong" Alvarez
    Avelino "Samboy" Lim
    William "Bogs" Adornado
    Alejo "Pongky" Alolor
    Zandro "Jun" Limpot
    Dudut "Son-ni" Jaworski
    Aug 11 2010 @ 03:37pm     Reply  
  • julianmakabayan
    I cannot think of 10 names on top of my head but the following players(in random order) should be in anybody's list, in my opinion :
    Allan Caidic
    Johnny Abarrientos
    Robert Jaworski
    Ramon Fernandez
    Alvin Patrimonio
    Samboy Lim
    Danny Florencio
    Aug 11 2010 @ 02:47pm     Reply  
  • andie
    hi guys, the author was tasked to list only 10, hence your favorites weren't there;)

    "For the record, the list could be longer--but the author was tasked to pick only 10."

    cguro pag top 20 list pa, your faves will be included;)
    Aug 11 2010 @ 01:43pm     Reply  
  • iamwindyrose
    waaaahh wala c johnny a???
    Aug 11 2010 @ 01:38pm     Reply  
  • whatsthefrequency
    Oo nga pala wala si Samboy
    Aug 11 2010 @ 12:07pm     Reply  
  • bobby
    i would have not included Codinera & Paras, they were good but they're not great..
    i would have, instead, included Samboy Lim and Johnny A.
    Aug 11 2010 @ 12:00pm     Reply  
  • boy tinapay
    hahaha....joey marquez nka 15 pts!
    Aug 11 2010 @ 11:26am     Reply  
  • boy tinapay
    mali eh.hindi c caidic ang may highest scoring output sa pba....ung syota ni ilonah tony harris!!!!!!!!! sa locals si caidic ang hari! teka,si hurricane ba o c black superman? hmmmm....
    Aug 11 2010 @ 11:12am     Reply  
  • blithe
    omg! bakit wala si samboy lim?!

    he may not have won any mvp award but during his time, samboy was acknowledged as the second most popular cager, next only to jaworski. spectators chanted his name every time he entered the court and esp when he got the ball.

    he electrified the crowd with his death-defying aerial moves.

    I MISS SEEING SAMBOY LIM ON THE HARDCOURT!!! buti na lang may youtube videos :)

    other players i miss are ricardo brown and chip engelland. but i miss samboy the most :(
    Aug 11 2010 @ 11:08am     Reply  
  • boy tinapay
    pucha,baket wala si mike mustre?! si leo bat-og? frechie ang?! ruben dela rosa?! sana naipasok si epoy jalmasco! eto ung mga idols ko pag garbage time eh! dapat pinasok c samboy! yawa!
    Aug 11 2010 @ 11:08am     Reply  
  • socialsuicide
    i don't think the writer is a real basketball fan
    Aug 11 2010 @ 10:45am     Reply  
  • deepscrew
    wala si samboy? not the most decorated, but easily one of the most loved hardcourt hero
    Aug 11 2010 @ 09:57am     Reply  
  • whatsthefrequency
    At wala din si Johnny A!
    Aug 11 2010 @ 09:54am     Reply  
  • whatsthefrequency
    Hello Eds,

    Typo sa Fastbreak Freddie. Also bakit wala sina Arnaiz, Chip Engelland?
    Aug 11 2010 @ 09:54am     Reply  
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