NASH Racela stood on the TNT KaTropa sidelines for the first time as the team’s head coach following the end of his stint with Far Eastern University, watching the Texters dispatch the Blackwater Elite, 99-92, in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
But the UAAP champion coach deflected credit for the win, and the team’s 2-1 start to share the lead with the Elite, to his deputy Josh Reyes and the rest of the coaching staff despite admitting he’s been part of game preparations since he was named TNT coach.
"Si Josh 'yun, sya ang nag-coach talaga," said Racela, who missed the team's first two games to focus on FEU’s Final Four battle against Ateneo.
"I've always been part of the game preparation, but even the last few days, yung coaching staff led by coach Josh, sila ang nagha-handle," he added.
Racela, who gave a brief interview after the game before heading to the locker room, insisted that he doesn’t mind being in the background for now, hinting that he could call the shots in TNT’s next game.
"They were the ones who did the gameplan so okay lang na sila ang humawak at least for today," he said.