Mendoza: Jaworski to coach Ginebra again in PBA?

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Friday, March 28, 2014

SEEMINGLY, it’s final.

One, Gilas Pilipinas will not play in the PBA Third Conference.

Two, the season’s last Conference will end in July in time for Gilas Pilipinas to play in a big tournament in Wuhan, China, beginning third week of July.


Three, the three PBA applicants wishing to play in the next season must post a performance bond to assure a league stint of least five years, excluding a P100-million franchise fee for each of the three teams.

Hopefully, PBA Commissioner Chito Salud will formalize the above when he meets with the board on April 10.

On No. 1, what’s the use of Gilas Pilipinas playing in the Third Conference when its opponents are PBA teams, like Talk ’N Text, Rain or Shine, San Miguel Beer and San Mig Coffee, whose star players are with Gilas Team? Crazy.

On No. 2, Gilas will absolutely gain toughening pointers that are much needed for the Fiba Worlds in Spain and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in September.

That’s because in the China cagefest, an international flavor ensures valuable lessons for Gilas. In the PBA, Gilas will simply be banging bodies against familiar muscles. All pain, no gain.

On No. 3, the entry of three new teams, including possibly Kia Motors, Ever Bilena and NLEX, is a robust sign that the PBA is as strong as ever in that any entity wishing to enter the loop is virtually assured of success, financial or otherwise.

While Gilas bolstered national pride by advancing to Spain after finishing second in the August Fiba Asia Cup, its ultimate aim is to win the Asian Games basketball gold in Incheon that the country last won in 1962.

The country’s highest Asiad finish after 1962 was second; that was in 1992 in Beijing, with Robert Jaworski as head coach.

Speaking of Jaworski, the living legend who is more known by his moniker Big J, talks are rife that he might yet stage a comeback as coach of, well, Barangay Ginebra.

Ginebra has remained the country’s crowd darling mainly because Jaworski’s mantra of “never-say-die” when he was coaching the Gin Kings has survived the test of time.

Interesting times are here.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 29, 2014.


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