Jojo Lastimosa

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Jojo Lastimosa
Personal information
Born (1964-03-10) March 10, 1964 (age 51)
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 182 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College Ateneo de Manila University
University of San Jose - Recoletos
Pro career 1988–2003
Position Shooting guard
Career history
1988–1991 Purefoods TJ Hotdogs
1991–2000 Alaska Aces
2000–2002 Pop Cola Panthers
2002–2003 Alaska Aces
Career highlights and awards
  • PBA Rookie of the Year (1988)
  • 3x PBA Mythical Second Team (1988, 1995, 1999)
  • 3x PBA Mythical Five (1991, 1996, 1998)
  • 9x PBA All-Star (1989-1992, 1994, 1996-1999)

Isabelo Lastimosa, Jr. (born on March 10, 1964), better known as Jojo Lastimosa and by his nickname "Jolas", is a former Filipino professional basketball player from Cagayan de Oro City who played in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs, the Alaska Aces and the Pop Cola Panthers from 1988-2003. He was also a former member of the Philippines' national basketball team during the 1980s and 1990s. He also played for the University of San Jose - Recoletos in Cebu City. He had a stint also in Ateneo de Manila.

PBA career[edit]

Lastimosa was one of the original members of the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs franchise upon its entry into the league in 1988 as one of the illustrious quartet which included PBA 4-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio, many-time "Mythical Team" and All-Defensive Team Member Jerry Codiñera and perennial All-Defensive Team member, Glenn Capacio.

In 1988, Jojo Lastimosa came into the league fresh from an amateur stint. He won Rookie of the Year honors and was named to the Mythical Second Team in the same year.

However, Lastimosa did not last long at Purefoods as he was traded to Alaska Milk in 1991 in a trade with Cabahug. At Alaska, his career further blossomed as he became an integral part of the Triangle offense. In his first season with Alaska, Lastimosa played the best season of his career, leading the league in statistical points before narrowly losing the MVP award to former teammate Alvin Patrimonio. With Alvarez recovering from injury, Lastimosa carried Alaska, which had its finest season in the league until that point, winning the first championship in franchise history in the Third Conference that year. He skippered the Milkmen to the 1996 Grand Slam together with eventual 1996 MVP Johnny Abarrientos, Bong Hawkins and Jeffrey Cariaso, only the fourth Grand Slam in the league's history. During his stay with Alaska, he became a permanent fixture in the "Mythical Team" selection.

In 1998, he again led the Alaska team to the championship of both the All-Filipino and Commissioner's Cups together with Abarrientos, Hawkins and Kenneth Duremdes. The Grand Slam was then again beckoning but his inclusion to the 1998 Centennial Team (together with Abarrientos and Duremdes) that played in the 1998 William Jones Cup (Champions) and the Bangkok Asian Games (Bronze Medal) prevented the team from repeating their 1996 feat. He was turning 35 when as a member of the RP team to the 1998 Asian Games,

After a long association with the Alaska team, Lastimosa was traded to the Pop Cola Panthers where he formed a deadly triumvirate with Nelson Asaytono and Noli Locsin. However, they were not able to turn the tide for the then struggling Pop Cola team.

In 2002, Lastimosa found his way back to the Alaska Aces franchise where he ended his career in 2003.

During halftime of their 2003 season opening game, Alaska retired Lastimosa's #6 jersey. During the off season, Lastimosa announced his retirement after playing 15 seasons in the league.

He finished his career with over 11,000 points. One of the high points in his career was his game against Kazakhstan in the battle for third place in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games where the Philippines captured the bronze medal.

Career highlights[edit]

PBA highlights[edit]

  • Member of the 1996 Alaska Grandslam Team
  • 10-Time PBA Champion ( 1 With Purefoods, 9 with Alaska )
  • Rookie of the Year in 1988
  • 3-time Mythical First Team Selection (1991, 1996 and 1998)
  • 3-time Mythical Second Team Selection (1988, 1995 and 1999)
  • 9-time PBA All-Star
  • 1996 All Filipino Cup Finals MVP
  • PBA 2,000 assist club Member
  • PBA 500 3-points club Member
  • PBA 12,000 points club Member
  • # 7th PBA All Time Scoring Leaders
  • # 7th PBA Most Minutes Played
  • # 3rd PBA Most Free Throws Made
  • Member, PBA's 25 Greatest Players

Other highlights[edit]

  • Member, 1986 Asian Games (Bronze Medal)
  • Member, 1987 William Jones Cup
  • Member, 1998 PBA Centennial Team
  • Member, 1998 William Jones Cup (Champions)
  • Member, 1998 Asian Games (Bronze Medal)
  • Member, PBL's Top 20 Players of All-Time

Personal life[edit]

Married to Butchick Sycip; they have 3 daughters.[citation needed]

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