CONTROVERSIAL Hayden Kho has denied any attempt to follow in the footsteps of boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and play in the PBA by way of business partner Blackwater Sports, one of three expansion teams set to make their debut next season.
Kho was quick to deny any knowledge of the rumors that circulated on Twitter and other social media platforms when Spin.ph caught up with him during the Christ Commission Fellowship's ‘For the Win Elite 3x3 Tournament,' which he helped organized on Wednesday evening.
“Hindi ko alam kung sino ang nag-imbento ng laro (story) na 'yun. Ang sinasabi ko nga lagi, 'I don’t make points. I disappoint (when it comes to basketball),” said Kho laughing.
“Hindi ako magpapa-draft (sa PBA). Wala akong planong magpa-draft. Baka drop, pwede pa,” he added. “Hindi talaga ako pam-basketball eh. Kaya nag-aral na lang akong mabuti."
While Pacquiao is serious about his plan to be a player and coach of Kia Motors, Kho has vowed to stay away from the PBA even if business partner and Ever Bilena Cosmetics president Dioceldo Sy asks him to join his team.
“Hindi rin. Ayoko mag-PBA. Papahiya ko lang sarili ko. Hindi na, hindi na, hindi na. PBA is para lang sa magagaling mag-basketball. Mag-aaral na lang ako,” he said.
Sy, for his part, said Kho’s name popped up as one of the possible players of Blacwater Sports after he threw a joke about it before some friends.
“Hindi, biro ko lang naman yun dati. Nagulat nga ako, kasi kumalat, naging viral agad,” said Sy,the co-owner of the Hayden Kho fragrances, which is distributed by Ever Bilena.
“Grabe talaga ang PBA ano. Kaunting balita, talagang kumakalat. Sumasabog. And we are happy to be part of the big league now. We’re excited,” added Sy.
Sy has reiterated that he is committed to form a very competitive lineup, beginning with their choices in the coming PBA dispersal draft for new teams set on July 21.
“Yes, we will form a solid lineup. Hindi kami sasali dito as lemons. We would want to bring our championship tradition to the PBA. Hopefully, hindi kami matagalan to achieve that,” said the former PBL and PBA D-League owner.
Meanwhile here is Spin.ph’s interview with Hayden Kho: