Nash Racela on releasing TNT core to Asian Games duty: 'It is what it is'
Nash Racela will have to dig deep from his bench as the TNT coach could miss Terrence Romeo to national team duty. Jerome Ascano

TNT coach Nash Racela said his team is very much willing to make the sacrifice of letting its top players represent the country in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

The PBA board on Thursday decided it will be sending the core of TNT for the Asian Games add depth and muscle to the Gilas team competing in the quadrennial multisports competition.

Aside from the TNT core, members of the Gilas cadets and one player from Alaska will join naturalized player Andray Blatche in the showpiece set from August 18 to September 2.

Racela welcomed the decision of the PBA board, even if it will entail a lot of sacrifice for the team.

“It’s a decision by the board so we don’t really have a choice but to follow them to represent the country in the Asian Games,” said Racela.

“That has always been the sacrifice of our organization for the cause of the national teams. Just like others will say, it is what it is,” he added.

Racela admitted the move will also entail a lot of adjustments on the part of the KaTropa who will stay put.

“Again, it’s going to be hard for us, of course. We will miss them for a couple of weeks. When they get back, we will most likely play consecutive games. It’s not  going to be easy,” said Racela.

Although there has been no specific order by management in relation to the Asian Games, Racela said he is also willing to help the national team.

“I don’t know. We are open to lending our players and adjust to whatever it takes sa end namin with Talk ‘N Text. If they need more people from us, then they just let us know,” Racela said.

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