MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Affiliation mourned the passing of certainly one of its legends, Avelino “Samboy” Lim, who handed away on Friday night on the age of 61.
“It’s with deep unhappiness and heavy hearts that we prolong our honest condolences to the household, family members and mates of the legendary Avelino ‘Samboy’ Lim. The PBA mourns the lack of a real icon, a participant whose contributions to the league left an indelible mark on the hearts of basketball followers throughout the nation,” the message stated.
“His all-around recreation and boundless coronary heart weren’t simply hallmarks on the basketball court docket; they had been a testomony to the eagerness and dedication he delivered to the game. Samboy’s legacy spans generations whereas contributing considerably to the recognition and development of the PBA.”
Official assertion from the PBA on the passing of ‘The Skywalker’ Avelino ‘Samboy’ Lim pic.twitter.com/oY4yWZXFEw
— PBA (@pbaconnect) December 23, 2023
A member of the PBA’s Prime 40 Gamers, Lim left an indelible mark on the league. He gained 9 PBA championships, together with a Grand Slam in 1989 with the San Miguel Beermen.
“As we are saying goodbye to a real basketball legend, we keep in mind the enjoyment he delivered to numerous followers and the delight he instilled within the hearts of Filipinos. Samboy, might you fly excessive and free just like the Skywalker you had been identified to be. Our ideas and prayers are with the Lim household at this troublesome time.”
The NCAA additionally honored Lim, a former Letran Knights star.
“The NCAA joins the basketball group in commemorating the lifetime of Samboy Lim, one of many best Filipino basketball gamers of our time,” stated Paul Supan, Chairman of the NCAA Season 99 Administration Committee.
“He was an exemplary athlete from his time within the NCAA by his time on the nationwide staff and within the execs… He was an inspiration and a mannequin to most, if not all, who watched him play.”
The “Skywalker” helped Letran full an NCAA “three-peat” from 1982 to 1984. He was additionally hailed because the NCAA MVP in 1984.
In 2014, Lim fell right into a coma after struggling cardiac arrest throughout a observe match whereas on the bench.