Fashion statement? Nope, just clothes I'm comfortable with, says Star coach Jason Webb
Jason Webb turned heads with his outfit on his PBA coaching debut. Jerome Ascano

STAR head coach Jason Webb turned heads on Wednesday night when he showed up in a suit with an open collar for his debut as Star coach in a game against Rain or Shine.

It could be the first time such an outfit was worn for a game since the time of stylish Toyota coach Dante Silverio, a step up for a league that became used to seeing coaches wearing company shirts or - at their most formal - long sleeves and ties like two-time grand slam coach Tim Cone.

When asked about his fashion choice, Webb said he is a ‘coat guy,’ more so since he was once a broadcaster before taking on the helm of the popular Star franchise from Cone.

“I've been wearing a suit since covering the games so I've always felt more comfortable. I always felt if I wore a tie, may constraint sa leeg ng konti. It's something more comfortable to me,” said Webb.

“I'm a coat guy. I covered the games for 10 years wearing a coat so I think nothing's wrong with it,” Webb said.

The rookie PBA coach looked dapper on the sidelines and attracted his share of attention, but the former La Salle star made it clear that it was not a fashion statement.

“We're one of the few countries where coaches don't wear a coat. It's not a fashion statement. It's just something I'm more comfortable with,” said Webb. (With reports from Mei-Lin Lozada)

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