AMERICAN coach Todd Purves is set to arrive on the final week of July to take on his new role as Petron coaching consultant, but team insiders don't expect him to be holding the white board and designing plays when the Boosters begin their campaign in the PBA Governors Cup.
The former Indonesia Warriors head coach is wrapping up a two-week tour of duty with the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Summer League where he is one of the team's scouts, but is expected to arrive on July 27, possibly with Petron's import, Elijah Milsap, in tow.
Purves will be joining a rejigged Petron coaching staff that is now led by Gee Abanilla and includes assistant coaches Koy Banal, Biboy Ravanes, and Leo Austria.
Team insiders, however, expect him to be a lot more discreet than Rajko Toroman, who took on a similar role back when Olsen Racela was coaching the team during the Philippine Cup.
“Hindi naman siya siguro magko-krokis (hold white board), hindi naman niya character yun,” said the team official. “Saka alam naman niya na hindi pa niya kilala ang strengths and weaknesses ng players, so I don’t think gagawin niya yun."
The 43-year-old bench tactician has already agreed to move to Petron after a successful stint with the Warriors in the Asean Basketball League, where he led the team to a championship and a runner-up finish behind San Miguel over the last two years.
Team insiders expect the former video researcher and advance scout for the Sacramento Kings to play a key role in Petron's bid to reclaim its status as one of the pro league's powers.
“He’ll be a good addition, we expect to learn a lot from him,” said the source.
Purves, the source added, might also be tapped to lead the San Miguel Beer-Philippines in the 2013 FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Jordan this September.
SMB coach Austria will not be available for the club competition as he is still calling the shots for the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP during that time.