THE man tasked to run the show for the Petron Boosters under rookie coach Olsen Racela can't wait to lead the fastbreak and push the ball at every opportunity.
At the same time, Alex Cabagnot is in no rush to see the results that they want.
Just hours after Racela won his first game as a PBA head coach with consultant Rajko Toroman no longer by his side, Cabagnot warned that the Boosters will take time before going full steam as they make the adjustment from Toroman's regimented offense to Racela's free-wheeling style.
The Boosters beat league newcomer Globalport on Friday, 110-98, with Toroman no longer on the bench, but Cabagnot said there was no drastic overhaul that happened as far as the team's system was concerned.
“Coach Olsen’s style is different from coach Rajko (Toroman) and slowly, he’s (Racela) gonna implement it (system). I think some of the guys like it because it’s open court,” said Cabagnot in a post-game interview with Spin.ph.
“But hopefully, everyone responds to his system and be open-minded with it, kasi konti pa lang nilagay niya as of now.”
Like most of the Boosters, Cabagnot is ready to make the transition since the team has a lot of players capable of running the break and filling the lanes in an open-court style of play.
The point guard is also expected to play a big role under Racela's system, as can be gleaned from the Globalport game where his five-point cluster in the endgame took the fight out of the resilient Batang Pier.
Cabagnot, however, warned that the transition won't be easy.
“With so much distractions, I feel like we’re still the underdogs, because other teams were able to adjust during the offseason,” said Cabagnot. “But us, we have to adjust from one coach and then to another.”