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Topex gets Japanese offer



Photograph COURTESY OF PBA TOPEX Robinson has drawn the attention of executives in the Japanese B.League.

Phoenix head coach Topex Robinson is now a target for a potential coaching role in the Japanese B.League.

Robinson confirmed to the Daily Tribune that he has already received a call from a sports agent in Japan, inquiring about his interest for a coaching job abroad.

The 47-year-old Fuel Masters tactician refused to disclose other details, but said the call definitely caught him by surprise.

Robinson is currently leading Phoenix to a 3-2 start in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup and is just in his second year as head coach of the franchise.

“Obviously, I’m not denying it. But there’s someone that reached out from Japan but it’s not really a team that has been scouting me,” Robinson said yesterday.

“There hasn’t been anything formal. But again, if I’m being considered, I’m not gonna deny that it feels good that you’re being noticed.”

With a handful of Filipino cagers already playing in the Japanese league, PBA coaches are now being eyed to call the shots abroad as well.

Recent reports have it that aside from Robinson, another young mentor in Chito Victolero of Magnolia was also scouted by the Japanese League.

The 46-year-old Hotshots tactician reportedly received a call from an international sports management firm, similarly asking about his availability for a potential coaching role overseas.

Unlike Robinson, Victolero has been at the helm for Magnolia for almost six years.

The former Kia coach took Magnolia’s coaching spot in 2016 and led the squad to three finals appearances, highlighted by their 2018 Governors’ Cup title.

Victolero also steered the squad to a runner-up finish in the 2021 Philippine Cup in Bacolor, Pampanga and now leading his team to a strong 3-0 start in this conference.

While Victolero has yet to release a statement, Robinson assured that leading Phoenix remains his focus until his contract expires at the end of the year.

“As of now, my focus is, obviously, the (conference) that we have now. Just like what I mentioned, I’m still under contract this year so I don’t know how it goes,” Robinson said.

“Maybe, until it’s out there, that’s the only time that I would really consider that.”