MANILA – Retired Philippine basketball legend Robert Jaworski is being considered for the post of University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) commissioner when the University of the East (UE) begins hosting the league this July.
According to incoming UAAP secretary treasurer Rod Roque, the former UE Warrior is among the 12 candidates on UE’s list, which also includes former University of the Philippines (UP) coach Jose “Joe” Lipa, former Philippine Basketball League (PBL) commissioner Chino Trinidad and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive Noli Eala.
“Hindi pa namin nakakausap. Pero kino-consider siya (Jaworski) ng school,” said Roque in an interview with Spin.ph’s Reuben Terrado.
“Labing-dalawa ‘yung nasa list. Isho-short list namin. ‘Yung management ang mag-dedecide.”
Other candidates include UE assistant coach Bai Cristobal, Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos, and former PBA player and referee Tito Varela.
The league appoints a new commissioner on a yearly basis. Former Ginebra player Chito Loyzaga served as the UAAP commissioner in Season 76.
Jaworksi has the basketball scene in 1999 when he decided to run for senator.
“Jawo” started playing for UE in 1964, where he became the league’s second-highest scorer. He later towed the Red Warriors to the UAAP championship in the 1966 and 1967 finals.
He then joined the PBA and became part of the legendary Toyota basketball team. He later became the coach of Ginebra San Miguel where he imbibed the “never-say-die” spirit.