RAJKO Toroman refused to wade into the word war between Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao and Alaska coach Luigi Trillo on the issue of the recent trade of shooting guard Allein Maliksi to San Mig just two days into the season-ending PBA Governors Cup.
In explaining his silence, the Serbian mentor, the former Olympic coach and now Barako Bull coaching consultant, said he was tapped by the Energy Cola to just take care of things on the bench - nothing more, nothing less.
“I don’t want to get involved in all this trade,” said Toroman when asked about the matter that began when Trillo took to Twitter to blast what he described as the "illogical" decision of Barako Bull management to trade away Maliksi.
(For full story, see Barako Bull manager hits back at Trillo for tweets on 'illogical' Maliksi trade)
“All of these trades made are all management’s decision. I can’t say anything about that,” said the former Smart Gilas coach who called the shots for the Iran national team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics after steering the country to its first-ever Fiba-Asia Championship title in 2007.
Maliksi was traded on Friday by the Energy Cola to San Mig Coffee in exchange for Wesley Gonzales, Chris Pacana, and a second-round draft pick - a deal that didn’t escape the attention of the young Alaska coach.
“Best Barako talent Maliksi for bench players Gonzales and Pacana? Are you kidding me?,” Trillo tweeted.
Casyao didn’t let Trillo get away easily with the tirade.
“Mind your own business. Huwag siyang makialam sa mga trade na ganito,” Casyao said to Spin.ph.
Maliksi already played for San Mig on Saturday, scoring five points on 2-of-5 shooting in 14 minutes of play in a 93-82 loss by the Mixers to Air21 Express.
Pacana and Gonzales didn’t suit up and sat behind the Barako Bull bench in its thrilling 90-89 win over Meralco on Sunday.