COACH Jong Uichico is in stable condition after having undergone cardiac surgery.
The soft-spoken 59-year-old mentor fell ill as he relaxed after his workout on Saturday.
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Coach Jong Uichico recovers in hospital
He was alert enough to drive himself to Medical City where he then underwent angioplasty.
Uichico, one of the most accomplished coaches in PBA history, is recovering in hospital, according to his son Johan.
His older brother Benjie later said two stents were placed on the veteran coach, who even commented on PBA games this week at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
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Uichico’s fellow PBA coaches, Tim Cone, Norman Black, Pido Jarencio and Ariel Vanguardia were among the first to express their support for the former De La Salle Green Archer, while prayers were offered by his PBA family, Gilas Pilipinas, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the MVP group and other friends and colleagues within the basketball community.
Protected from the late great San Miguel and national team coach Ron Jacobs, Uichico won a total of nine championships – including eight with the SMC franchise – to place fourth among the coaches on the all-time roster of the PBA.
He has also twice received the Virgilio ‘Baby’ Dalupan Coach of the Year ‘award from the PBA Press Corps.
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