MANILA, Philippines — Harvey Carey’s jersey was officially retired by TNT ahead of some of his former teammates at halftime in the team’s PBA On Tour game against Meralco.
Carey received a pair of his No. 4 jerseys – one from his rookie season in 2003 and the other in his senior year in 2020 – in a simple ceremony that also felt like a gathering of big names of DTT.
“Truly blessed to have played almost two decades in the PBA,” Carey, who wore Barong Tagalog, said as part of his lengthy speech. “None of this would have been possible without the trust of the management, the coaches and the MVP boss (Manny V. Pangilinan).
“I’m grateful that they took a chance on an unknown child in 2003 and allowed me the privilege of playing my entire career with a classy franchise,” added the blue-collar forward, who won seven championships during a 17-year career.
Former TNT players who came forward included Asi Taulava, Donbel Belano, Jay Washington, Barangay Ginebra’s Jared Dillinger and Blackwater’s Troy Rosario.
Current Tropang Giga players Jayson Castro, Kelly Williams and RR Pogoy also showed up despite not seeing action in the exhibition series while assistant coaches Bong Ravena and Ranidel de Ocampo also played with Carey.
Meralco assistant Patrick Fran also took part in the ceremony, as did NLEX coach Frankie Lim, whose team was scheduled to face San Miguel Beer in Game 2. Fran also played with Carey while Lim was a former crew chief for TNT.
TNT coach Chot Reyes, currently in Estonia training Gilas Pilipinas for the Fiba World Cup, and Jimmy Alapag, whose No. 3 jersey was retired in 2015, recorded video messages in honor by Carey.
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