Team consultant Rajko Toroman’s increased role on the Petron Blaze sidelines is not an issue for the PBA.
In the Boosters’ opening night loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday, Toroman was just as active as new Petron head coach Olsen Racela, calling plays, sending players into the game, and even calling timeouts.
Toroman took the coaches’ whiteboard and drew up a play for the Boosters in at least one huddle.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud said there’s no problem with such a setup.
“If Coach Racela and Coach Toroman, along with the Petron team management and players, are comfortable with it and view it as a matter of strategy and style, then so be it,” Salud wrote in a text message to InterAKTV.
“I will not comment any further on team prerogative and internal strategy. That clearly is a matter for the entire organization to address.”
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, an active member of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines that has previously protested the appointment of foreign coaches for local teams, said he doesn’t see the organization having a problem with the Petron situation.
“That’s because Olsen Racela is the head coach,” said Guiao, who added that it’s an internal matter for the Boosters.
But Guiao said he hopes that Racela is given an opportunity to show his mettle as a PBA head coach, without Toroman constantly looking over his shoulder.
“Biased tayo dahil kapwa Pinoy tayo, but I want Olsen to succeed in coaching. He’s already part of our coaching brotherhood,” said Guiao.