PBL WANTS CHINO TO REMAIN IN POST

MANILA, February 10, 2004  (STAR) By Joey Villar - With the PBL Platinum Cup finals series all wrapped up, the question now is whether Chino Trinidad is returning as commissioner of the league or not.

And based on hints given by Trinidad himself and the statements made by top league officials, it looks like the four-term commissioner is reconsidering.

"There is 99.99 percent chance Iím returning," said a teary-eyed Trinidad minutes after Fash downed Welcoat, 61-55, at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City to win the PBL Platinum Cup and cap a highly successful season.

"Hindi natin masabi, baka gayahin ko si idol," he added referring to basketball legend Michael Jordan, who retired twice, returned the same of number times before hanging up his playing jersey for good last year.

Acting commissioner Tommy Ong, chairman Dioceldo Sy of Blustar Detergent and board members Cecilio Pedro of the Lamoiyan-owned Fash and Raymund Yu of Welcoat are all anticipating a Trinidad comeback.

"Honestly, I donít have any clue if heís returning," stressed Ong. "But the success of the league will surely help him reconsider his earlier decision to resign."

Pedro, still basking in glory after Fash clinched the franchiseís third title, and Yu, who co-owns Welcoat along with Terry Que, both agreed that Trinidad is taking his time to re-think his options.

"Heíll be leaving for the United States and I think he will use that trip to think about it. I want him back for making the league a resounding success and Iím sure heíll be back soon," said Pedro.

"I personally told him that we in Welcoat want him back. I know he will reconsider," Yu said.

It can be recalled that Trinidadís resignation was sparked by what he termed as "disrespect" by Welcoat players who wore bands that read "(Jerkules) Tangkay MVP." It was viewed by many as the Paint Mastersí way of protesting Fashís Peter June Simon being named the MVP of the conference.

But both Welcoat management and players apologized a day later and after the Sy-chaired board rejected Trinidad resignation, factors which could very well help the former commissioner change his mind.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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