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    Arwind Santos backs Racela as rumors of Petron coaching change refuses to die down

    Jun 9, 2013
    Olsen Racela has had an uneasy reign with Petron, constantly shadowed by rumors of an impending exit as the Boosters came up short in his first two conferences as head coach. Jerome Ascano

    PETRON star Arwind Santos has thrown his support behind head coach Olsen Racela as rumors of a looming coaching change in the Boosters camp refuse to die down.

    Racela has had an uneasy reign with the flagship franchise of San Miguel Corp., constantly shadowed by rumors of an impending exit as the Boosters came up short in his first two conferences as head coach.

    Santos admits Petron has been used to changes to both personnel and coaches, but he hopes Racela would still be calling the shots when the team returns to practice for the PBA Governors Cup on June 17.

    "Oo, siyempre sana siya pa rin," Santos told Spin.ph when asked about Racela's uncertain fate. "Mahirap lang, kapag nagbabakasyon kasi kami ang daming nangyayari."

    On Sunday, talk of a Petron coaching change grew louder when one of Racela's assistants, Gee Abanilla, was removed as De La Salle coach in favor of former Green Archer and now Ginebra assistant coach Juno Sauler.

    De La Salle, in fact, cited a "Petron re-organization" as one of the reasons on why Abanilla was relieved of his position, although SMC head of basketball operations Robert Non was quick to deny that plans are afoot to replace Racela at Petron.

    There have also been persistent talks that Leo Austria, coach of San Miguel's team in the Asean Basketball League, will be elevated to Petron head coach if the Beermen win the regional championship.

    Santos said should Petron management deem it necessary to make some changes soon, he and the rest of his teammates will just have to take the change as every professional player should.

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    "Kaya nga professional tayo, Kung ano man ang mangyari, kami ay ready dapat mag-adjust kasi kahit paano, may magiging pagbabago sa sistema niyan if ever," said the many-time PBA All-Star.

    Santos, who is turning 32 on Monday, has one birthday wish: "Sana makuha na namin yung  championship. Kasi chance na namin ito para mabura na ang mga pangit, yung mga issues na na-link ang team dati."

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    Olsen Racela has had an uneasy reign with Petron, constantly shadowed by rumors of an impending exit as the Boosters came up short in his first two conferences as head coach. Jerome Ascano
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