Nice noise from Pacquiao
WILL Robert Jaworski finally stage a comeback in the Philippine Basketball Association? Not as a player, of course, as he is now past 60 summers, but as a possible coach, if not a coaching consultant?
Things are really heating up at Kia Motors, one of the three newest PBA members debuting in the 40th season of the league – the two others being Blackwater and NLEX. With the admission of the three, the PBA will have a 13-team roster when it opens its next offering, possibly in October, after the ongoing Governors’ Cup.
I have talked to some people close to Jaworski and not one among them has said the Big J will accept a position in the PBA basketball team being formed by Kia Motors for the next PBA season.
One said, “Even if Kia offers Jawo P1 million a month as a mere coaching consultant, he won’t accept it.”
“Because Jawo has never been money-oriented when it comes to sealing a deal,” he said.
Another said, “Jawo’s friendship with RSA [Ramon S. Ang] will stop Jawo from joining a PBA team other than a San Miguel Corp. team.”
“His loyalty to RSA has become legend not known to many,” he said.
And still another said, “I will sell my house and lot at Forbes Park for only a million bucks if Mr. Big J [Jaworski] will join Kia basketball team in any position for that matter.”
You are that sure?
“Yes,” he said. “The Big J has always been true to his word. He will never trade his friendship for money. RSA has been his idol for years.”
No doubt Jawo has also struck a friendship with Pacquiao. He would have easily acceded to a team-up with the boxing icon if it would mean they’d be working for San Miguel Corp. Pacquiao can coach and Jawo his coaching consultant. But it should be an SMC team.
There were earlier speculations Jawo might agree to sit at the Kia Motors’ bench as coaching consultant, with Pacquiao listed officially as head coach. Granting that would materialize, it will surely make for a powerhouse partnership. Impact-wise, too, that’d be a knockout. You have two celebrities and icons at that from their respective disciplines – Pacquiao in boxing and Jaworski in basketball if only to state the obvious – who can top that?
But then, Jaworski is not one to just bite the apple.
“It will take some extra-terrestrial reason for Jawo to dump his friendship with RSA and accept a job from a team other than RSA’s squads in the PBA,” my friend said.
Anyway, Pacquiao as head coach is a done deal – almost.
And, if there’s such a thing as nice noise, it’s the noise a Pacquiao coaching job at Kia would generate. However, how long the noise will remain nice, only time can tell.
ALL IN Kia Motors is building its PBA team silently. Its top guns do not wish to drum up interest this early as to publicly call for tryouts for its contingent set to see action in the nation’s premiere basketball league. “We are just inviting prospective players to try out for our team, using our contacts in the basketball community to send in the aspirants,” said my friend from Kia who spoke to me on condition he wouldn’t be named. Unlike its fellow PBA newcomers Blackwater and NLEx, Kia has been getting tremendous media mileage mainly because of its almost irreversible plan to hire Manny Pacquiao as head coach. Also, Kia’s promotion blitz, “Name the Kia Team” contest, has been drawing stupendous response from the public just too eager to win it and, in the process, earn lucrative prizes. Cheers!