FIBA: "The Collector" Gabe Norwood reveals favorite Pilipinas jersey ever
Paul Lintag on Aug 30, 2019 03:53 PM
In making consecutive World Cup trips, and spending 12 years with the national team on top of that, Norwood has collected quite a few Philippine jerseys along the way. (Photos by FIBA, Matteo Marchi, and Arvin Lim)
When Gilas Pilipinas takes on Italy in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gabe Norwood becomes one of the very few Filipino players to compete in the World Championships twice.
On the current Gilas team, there are only five players, including Norwood, with multiple World Cup experience.
There was a time whent the Philippines barely even got close to the World Championships and now, Norwood is on his second straight trip to the World Cup.
"It's just wild to think about you know what I mean? When you first pick up a basketball, I mean for me personally, I wasn't thinking World Cup. You just see where the ball takes you and kinda go from there," Norwood said.
"But to myself, Paul [Lee], Japeth [Aguilar], June Mar [Fajardo], and Andray [Blatche], to have that on our resumes is just wild to think of, and it just proves the journey that we set," he added.
For Norwood, the back-to-back World Cups are not much different from one another.
It was an incredible struggle to get to the world stage and there, it will be an incredible struggle to compete. The goal remains the same though, Gilas wants to win.
"Just a different date, basically," Norwood said of his second World Cup.
I think it's the same expectations. We wanna go out and prove to the world that we belong, make the country proud. I think everybody is anxious and excited to get started," he added.
In making consecutive World Cup trips, and spending 12 years with the national team on top of that, Norwood has collected quite a few Philippine jerseys along the way.
For every new design he gets to wear, Norwood's national team jerseys are a physical reminder of how blessed he's been with his basketball career.
"Just going along with the fun," he said.
"I'm blessed to still be here, blessed to still be a part of the program. I'm just collecting jerseys along the way," Gabe added.
Over a decade in the national team and countless jerseys, Gabe "The Collector" Norwood has one in particular that he really liked.
He was hoping to have the chance to wear a similar jersey once again but it looks like his one-off version will remain extra special.
"My all-time favorite Philippine jersey was with the Powerade group [in 2009], when we had the red jerseys," Norwood told ABS-CBN Sports.
"I was praying that we'd have red jerseys again but you know, it didn't happen. But I think that was one of the coolest experiences, to have to red, blue, and white uniforms. My personal favorite is probably that red one," he added.
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