A familiar face was spotted on the bench of Petron Blaze during its game against Talk ‘N Text.
Rajko Toroman, consultant for all San Miguel Corporation-backed teams, sat on the bench Wednesday and was seen giving input to the coaching staff and players.
Petron coach Ato Agustin said Toroman’s inclusion on Petron’s bench was the decision of top management.
“I was advised that he was asked by the management to join us on the bench,” said Agustin.
Toroman, the former coach of the SMART-Gilas national team, had already been sitting on the bench of the San Miguel Beermen in the ASEAN Basketball League. A member of the SMC coaching stable said that, at one point, it was Toroman who was drawing up plays for the Beermen.
On Wednesday, he was seen playing an active role on the bench, either by sharing thoughts with the coaches or calling players over to give instructions.
But whether Toroman’s presence on the bench will affect the harmony among the members of the coaching staff or his active participation will be beneficial for the team remains to be seen.