PETRON Blaze team consultant John Todd Purves bared he is leaving it to San Miguel Corp. management to decide whatever role he will play with the team.
“I am just here to serve at the pleasure of Petron Blaze, whatever capacity they need, to be a reference for them, and provide any type of counsel that I can,” said Purves in an interview with Spin.ph.
Purves was acquired by the Boosters last month from the Indonesia Warriors in a stunning move that came shortly after San Miguel Beer beat the Warriors in the Finals of the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
The 43-year old American had previously guided Indonesia to the ABL championship in 2012.
But with Petron, he insisted he’ll be serving at whatever position he’ll be put by team management.
Here's the video of the Spin.ph interview with Purves:
A Memphis Grizzlies talent scout, Purves also shared his high regard to the present pool of coaching talent within the San Miguel organization.
“I think they already have a wonderful staff here and a good group not only in this particular team but in the entire San Miguel Corporation organization,” he reiterated. “I just look forward to playing my part at anything I can offer them. I would be more than willing to.”
The former Sacramento Kings video coordinator is already the man implementing the main bulk of Petron’s system -something which he already handed over to interim coach Gee Abanilla even before he left to join the Grizzlies in the last NBA Summer League.
“The guys are willing to learn, coaching staff is wonderful and very welcoming to me and I think we are in the process of getting everybody on the same page,” he said.
“I think the future will be bright!”
Abanilla thinks Purves' arrival at Petron will add a new dimension to Petron's game.
“He has plays na dati theory lang for us. Now he is on top of it and he knows it kasi ginawa na niya `yun dati sa States,” said Abanilla, particularly referring to the Boosters’ newly adapted NBA style of constant defensive pressure and help side defense.
“Coach Todd is very open and well versed at a lot of things in basketball. That’s why I think he’ll be a big help to the Petron organization,” Abanilla added.