LEO Isaac could soon find himself reunited with former Ginebra teammate Chito Loyzaga at Blackwater.
Once considered as the pillar of defense by the country’s most popular ballclub, Loyzaga is now in the process of finalizing details of his possible involvement with the PBA expansion franchise owned by businessman-sportsman Dioceldo Sy.
The wide-bodied power forward, and Isaac, the current coach of Blackwater, played together for Ginebra in the mid-80s and early 90s and were part of four championships won by the fabled team under legendary playing-coach Robert Jaworski Sr.
“I’m finalizing my role in the (Blackwater) team, though definitely, I won’t be part of the coaching staff,” Loyzaga told Spin.ph on Monday.
The 56-year-old Loyzaga, who once served as UAAP commissioner and commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), welcomes the challenge of joining an Elite side that has only won two games so far in its maiden season in the pro league.
“I’m helping Dioceldo kasi nagkasama din naman kami before sa PBL (Philippine Basketball League),” said Loyzaga, who sat as San Miguel Corp. board member in the defunct semi-pro league when Sy served as chairman.
“Pero maganda din yung ma-involve ako sa isang bagong team. If coach Leo needs me, I am willing to share my experience to the young guys,” he added.
Sy confirmed the franchise’s ongoing talks with Loyzaga, saying the former PBA cager, recently named to be part of the league’s 40 Greatest Players, could hopefully impart to the team his winning attitude.
“We hope yung pagpasok ni Chito Loyzaga sa team could help coach Leo and the players,” Sy said, whose team gave a rude US sendoff to boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao following its 115-104 win over KIA Motors last Saturday.
It was only the second win for the Elite in the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup following their earlier 88-78 upset of reigning All-Filipino champion San Miguel.
Blackwater lost all its 11 games in the season-opening Philippine Cup.