NSD spirit lives on with Ganado Classics collection
ABS-CBN Sports on May 13, 2017 04:36 PM
You can almost hear the entire barangay collectively shout "Need!" at these jerseys.
There's a reason why Ginebra stands alone as the most popular ball club in the Philippines.
Over the years, the barangay was home to a number of superstars. Not just any kind of superstars mind you, but superstars that captured the heart of the masses, igniting the incredible legend now known as "Never Say Die."
And in celebration of 30 years of NSD spirit, Brgy. Ginebra lets its die-hard fanbase celebrate the legacy of the current 9-time PBA champions with the special Ganado Classics: 3-Decade Jersey Collection launchd earlier this month.
The collection features five jerseys, starting with the one Robert Jaworski used to wear to the current one used by the team.
Each jersey is represented by one Ginebra legend, further proving that the Gin Kings can pretty much put up a Hall of Fame all-time starting 5 if they wanted to.
The first jersey is the one from 1985, the same design Jaworski wore when he returned in the third quarter of the game against Northen Consolidated Cement to lead Ginebra to a 99-96 win, starting this whole "Never Say Die" craziness.
NSD Spirit was alive and well six years later in 1991 as the barangay won the 1991 PBA First Conference in seven games after trailing Shell 1-3. Ginebra was coming back from 1-3 deficits before coming back from 1-3 deficits was cool.
In 1996, spitfire guard Bal David ushered in a new era of Ginebra legends. The Ginebra Na! edition also happened to be the last jersey Jaworski wore before he retired for good.
Entering the new millenium, the Gin Kings got a literal spark in Mark Caguioa and Ginebra ended up winning four championships from 2000-2010 before switching it up in 2012 with the current design.
With then rookie Scottie Thompson earning a big role, the Gin Kings ended an eight-year title drought and won the 2016 Governors' Cup, proving that the NSD spirit is here to stay.
All jerseys from the Ganado Classics collection are available now. If you still need some convincing in picking up not one, not two, not three, not four, but five jersey, go through photos from the official launch below and keep that NSD spirit alive.