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Phoenix mulls Topex promotion

Bea Micaller



Phoenix Super LPG is mulling the possibility of removing the word “interim” next to Topex Robinson’s title as head coach when it marches to the resumption of the 45th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) next week.

Fuel Masters team manager Paolo Bugia said Robinson is already ripe for a professional coaching debut after a long service as deputy with Alaska and Phoenix while calling the shots for Lyceum of the Philippines University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Bugia said with head coach Louie Alas no longer in the squad, the door is wide open for the 45-year-old Robinson to enter.

“Yes, that’s very possible,” Bugia told Daily Tribune when asked about the possibility of elevating Robinson into a permanent status.

“He’s our No. 1 consideration, but, of course, the top management would have the final say on this.”

With Robinson joining the Fuel Masters as Alas’ chief deputy in 2017, they were able to make a deep playoff run before falling prey to powerhouse San Miguel Beer in the semifinals of the Philippine Cup last year.

Now, that Alas had been let go, Robinson is facing a massive challenge as he handles a team that will miss the veteran presence of Calvin Abueva.

But Bugia stressed that they are not in a hurry to appoint Robinson.

“Actually, to be honest, we have yet to decide. Right now, we are trying to launch the bubble and we are scrambling finding the right mix of players,” he said.