Barangay Ginebra San Miguel

The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). It is the most popular PBA team[1] and has 14 PBA championships. The team is owned by Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. (formerly, La Tondeña Distillers, Inc.), a subsidiary of the San Miguel Corporation (SMC). The team is one of three PBA ball clubs currently owned by the SMC group of companies, along with the Magnolia Hotshots and the San Miguel Beermen.

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
2022–23 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel season
LeaguesPhilippine Basketball Association
  • Gilbey's Gin (1979–1981, 1982)
    St. George Whiskies (1981)
    Gilbey's Gin Gimlets (1983)
    Gilbey's Gin Tonics (1983–84)
    Ginebra San Miguel (1985–1988, 1991–1993, 1995–96, 1998)
    Añejo Rum 65ers (1988–1990)
    Tondeña 65 Rhum Masters (1994)
    Gordon's Gin Boars (1997–98)
    Barangay Ginebra Kings (1999–2012)
    Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (2012–present)
Team colorsRed, black, white
CompanyGinebra San Miguel
General managerAlfrancis Chua
Head coachTim Cone
Team captainLA Tenorio
OwnershipRamon S. Ang
Affiliation(s)Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (3x3 team)
Retired numbers2 (7, 8)

La Tondeña, Inc. (renamed, La Tondeña Distillers, Inc., after SMC acquired majority control in 1987) joined the PBA in 1979 as an expansion team. After some rough times during their first few seasons, their fortunes changed when veterans Robert Jaworski and Francis Arnaiz arrived in 1984, following the disbandment of the famed Toyota Tamaraws. With new players like Jaworski being veterans of the game from ages 30–35, Jaworski would also be given the role as head coach of the young Ginebra team. As player-coach, Jaworski steered the franchise to four PBA titles between 1986 and 1997. After the retirement of Coach Jaworski at the age of 52, Jong Uichico, Siot Tanquingcen and Tim Cone would be coaching the players led by the legendary "Fast and The Furious", MVPs Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa.

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