Robert Jaworski on being considered as next PBA commissioner: 'Madali akong kausap. Basta 1+1=2'
Robert Jaworski says he was 'saddened' by the news that PBA commissioner Chito Salud will be stepping down at the end of the season. Jaime Campos

CAGE legend Robert Jaworski has left the door open on becoming the next commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Cited by members of the league board as one of a number of personalities being considered to fill the job to be vacated by Chito Salud at the end of the season, Jaworski played coy when asked if he is interested to assume the highest position in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.

Jaworski only said he is open to talk.

“Alam mo, si Jawo eh ang kailangan lang ay malinis ang i-storya, ayos na ako. Madali akong kausap. Basta 1+1=2,” said local basketball’s ‘Living Legend’ without elaborating during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Annual Awards Night on Monday where he was honored along with the 1973 Philippine men’s basketball team with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

[See Jaworski, Fernandez among early candidates for PBA commissioner]

The former Senator admitted Salud’s decision to walk away by season’s end was news to him, having first heard it when Spin.ph spoke to him during the Awards Night at the 1Espalanade.

“Honestly, I don’t know the whole story and forgive me for the plainness of my answer. Nakakalungkot. This is the first time to hear the story. I’m saddened by it, but I’m sure that it’s going to be the big shoes that he will leave behind,” said Jaworski.

Aside from Jaworski, other names reportedly being considered include Ramon Fernandez, Chito Loyzaga, JB Baylon, Lito Alvarez, and Buddy Encarnado

Fernandez however, already declared that he’s not interested for the position in a story that came out in Spin.ph.

[See Fernandez says he's not interested in PBA top job]

Jaworski, whose charisma and popularity were responsible for Ginebra becoming the country’s most popular ballclub, admitted the next commissioner will definitely have a big challenge ahead, but wishes success to whoever takes over.

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“It’s a big challenge for anyone who will be given the opportunity to be part of this very prestigious and worthy endeavor considering that not only is he a prime mover of basketball, but also a prime mover in physical conditioning and other traits that sports emulates,” he said.

“I’m hoping for the best to the one that will be given the chance. Since I’m also the product of the PBA and basketball, I also pray for the success to whoever will take over.”

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