PETRON sophomore Chris Lutz said he respects both head coach Olsen Racela and Rajko Toroman too much to put either of them down in the wake of the Serb's departure as coaching consultant of the Boosters.
The Boosters guard made the statement on Friday in reaction to a story that came out on Spin.ph on Thursday wherein he felt a quote attributed to him implied that he feels Racela will do a better job than Toroman.
The quote, which appeared in the story headlined 'Rajko exit ends unique Petron setup as dissent among players grows,' read: "A lot has been said about coach Olsen, on how he lacks the experience to coach. But he's a great coach. I believe we will do better under him. He reads the defense well, even as a player when he was still playing the point for this team."
On Friday, Lutz tweeted on his account @ChrisLutz3: “To make things clear, I said I think coach Olsen will do a great job (with Petron).”
“In no way did I say or imply one coach would do a better job than the other, I have too much respect for both (Racela and Toroman) to say that,” he added.
For the record, Spin.ph quoted Lutz after an interview at the end of the Boosters' practice on Thursday at the Acropolis Gym. Notes were taken, but the interview was not recorded.
Spin.ph has also spoken to Lutz over the phone on Friday to hear out his thoughts on the story.
The sweet-shooting Marshall University standout, who played under Toroman in the original Smart Gilas team, currently is the Boosters' second leading scorer with a 16.2-point average over five games. He is also averaging six rebounds and 5.4 assists for the Boosters while playing an average 40.2 minutes per contest.
Petron management on Tuesday put a quick end to a coaching experiment that had seen Racela and Toroman combining on the bench in a student-mentor setup.