Linden wants Patterson to lead basketball
- Georgetown not convinced, needs his plan
By Edison Jefford
Linden wants David Patterson in the hot seat of local basketball but Georgetown is not as persuaded as its other affiliate. In fact, Georgetown wants to meet with Patterson for him to outline his vision for the development of basketball.
Those two contrasting positions were clear on Monday when Kaieteur Sport spoke with President of the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA), Abdulla ‘Zico’ Hamid and Georgetown sub-association President, Trevor Rose.
“Yeah, we would be supporting Patterson; he is around and knows a lot about the sport. I think, along with two young sub-associations Presidents, he would be able to change the face of the sport. We don’t see anyone else,” Hamid said.
Asked if he is interested in the Presidency given the automatic nature of sub-associations’ heads to vie for the post, Hamid made it clear that he will not be that ambitious. “I am not a candidate. I will not be running,” he confirmed.
Rose said that he would not be interested in the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation’s (GABF) top post at the AGM and Elections on Sunday either, but feels that Patterson has not yet convinced him that he is the man for the job.
“I feel that my services to the basketball in Georgetown are more necessary. I think I can do a lot more at that level that at the GABF. My first duty is to basketball in Georgetown and I want to make that very clear,” Rose indicated.
However, he said that he would not like to see the post go uncontested, and he is not sure whether or not there are other candidates for the Presidency. The deadline for submission of entries and slates passed last weekend.
“I would not like to see Patterson just assuming the Presidency. He hasn’t yet given us an insight into his plan for basketball. I am not going to just put up my hand and vote when I don’t have such information,” Rose told this newspaper.
With no other known candidates for the GABF leadership, Patterson faces his first major administrative assignment in garnering the support of the Georgetown sub-association at this crucial intersection of the federation’s history.
Patterson took over as the federation’s President from Rtd. Colonel Godwin McPherson, who died in the post last year. He was a first Vice-President and an empowered protégé of the late McPherson.
Patterson’s major achievements since have been the hosting of the South Carolina Lady All-Star team in September last year and returning Guyana to the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) meeting last month after missing two years.