LEGEND Robert Jaworski said the possibility of taking over as Gilas Pilipinas coach is “not a bad idea” in the wake of basketball leaders' decision to reboot the program following a dismal finish in the Asian Games.
Jaworski hinted about his interest in handling the national team someday during an interview with reporters during the 'All In' basketball charity game which he attended on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“It’s going to be a tough job but I think, taking a serious look at it, it is not a bad idea,” said Jaworski, former playing-coach of Ginebra who led the first all-pro Philippine team to a silver-medal finish in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing.
The former Toyota star said it's an honor to take on the Gilas job but cautioned mediamen from preempting the search for a coach and players being undertaken by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).
“Because it’s a calling," the Big J said when asked what makes the job interesting, "Pero huwag natin pangunahan.”
Pressed further, Jaworski admitted to reporters the mere mention of him being a coach of Gilas Pilipinas pleases him but warned that handling the national team again will be difficult task.
“’Yung sinabi niyo lang (coaching Gilas), nasarapan na ako. Pero it’s a tough job. But if you get the support of the group in basketball and the general public, you can’t go wrong,” said Jaworski.
Jaworski said he trusts the country's basketball officials to make the best decisions to help the national team hit new heights, similar to how Gilas Pilipinas represented the country in the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship.
“Sabi ko nga sa Gilas team during the Fiba-Asia Championship, I told them if you want to be remembered as a basketball player by your family and friends, that’s the best thing that could happen. Represent the country and represent it well. And they did,” said Jaworski.