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Biography Samboy Lim

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Samboy Lim is a former professional basketball player in the Philippines, who played all his nine seasons with the San Miguel Beermen. Lim was famous for his razzle-dazzle plays and remarkable kamikaze drives to the basket. Hence, his phenomenal leaping ability and elevation earned him the moniker "skywalker" and the distinction as the "Julius Erving of the Philippines" - all that with just a six-foot frame.

In the early part of the 1980s, Lim played collegiate basketball for the Letran Knights in the NCAA. Shortly after his arrival at Letran, the team won 3 straight NCAA crowns from 1982-1984. After his collegiate career, Lim spearheaded the M. Lhuillier franchise in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League, now PBL, to an unprecedented championship together with Jojo Lastimosa.

In 1986, Lim was selected to as part of the Philippine national team that competed in the 1986 Seoul Asian Games. Lim was one of the main players and top scorers of the national team that went on to win the bronze medal.

Moreover, after his stints with the PBL, Lim entered the Philippine Basketball Association, the premier basketball league in the Philippines, as a draftee of the San Miguel Beermen. Hence, Lim usually coming off the bench as the sixth man of the already star-studded San Miguel Franchise put off an outstanding rookie performance and battled neck-to-neck against Lastimosa for the Rookie of the Year Award which was eventually won by latter.

The next year, in 1989, Lim was one of the anchors that led San Miguel to a grand slam year, winning all three PBA tournament championships in what was considered as one of the most dominant PBA seasons of any team.

In 1990, Lim was again selected to represent the country in the Asian Games in Beijing, China. More so, despite the star-studded crew composed of 1990 MVP Allan Caidic, future four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio and another four-time MVP in Ramon Fernandez, Lim rose to the occasion and established himself as the ace player of the team.

The national team won all of its games by a wide margin until losing to China in the finals. Nevertheless, Lim was selected as part of the tournament's mythical five selection.

Lim's remarkable play was a joy to watch and he was a constant fan favorite because of his aerial maneuvers. However, also because of those seemingly inhuman skills, Lim suffered numerous serious injuries that limit his PBA career to just nine seasons. Despite the fact that he never won an MVP award, Lim was considered by fans as the "Real MVP."

In 2000, Lim was named into the PBA's 25 Greatest Players.

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