MANILA – Robert “Sonny” Jaworski may find himself working side by side with Manny Pacquiao if PBA expansion team KIA Motors reaches a deal with the former Ginebra coach.
KIA Motors’team manager Eric Pineda told Spin.ph’s Snow Badua Jaworski’s name has been mentioned by management.
“Napag-usapan 'yan pero wala pang definite,” said Pineda.
He, however, has yet to clarify the post to be offered to the “Big J” after KIA Motors agreed to have Pacquiao as playing coach.
“But I repeat, the name [of Jaworski] was already mentioned by the management of KIA and it is already there [on the table],” said Pineda.
KIA Motors is one of three PBA newcomers.
Pacquiao is reportedly eyeing former GlobalPort coach Glenn Capacio as one of his assistants.
The team, however, still needs to address the league’s drafting procedures. Based on PBA rules, Pacquiao will have to go through the Rookie Draft if he wants to play in the PBA. Thus, he may not end up with KIA Motors since other teams can draft him first.
“Ang batas ng PBA na ginawa noong 1975 pa is that, sa salita ni Commissioner Chito Salud, all rookies must have passed through the draft system,” sports columnist Al Mendoza earlier explained.
“Si Manny Pacquiao ay considered na rookie pagpumasok sa PBA. ‘Pag coach walang ganun, okay kaagad 'pag coach ka. Pero kung maglalaro ka, dadaan ka pa rin sa rookie draft system ika nga.”