THE 'power-sharing' formula has failed miserably the last time Petron tried it with Rajko Toroman and Olsen Racela, but newly appointed active consultant John Todd Purves believes it won't be the case this time.
The former Sacramento Kings video coordinator and Indonesia Warriors coach confirmed that he will be taking on an expanded role in the organization once Biboy Ravanes takes over as head coach from Gee Abanilla beginning in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Asked what his new role will be in a franchise that will be going back to the proud San Miguel Beer name, Purves said: "I think they (management) like me to hold the whiteboard a little bit more and be a little more active with regards to game-day situations."
“I work at the pleasure of San Miguel Corporation, so if they ask me to sweep floors, that's what I will do. And if they ask me to hold the flipboard during the game and call a couple of plays and substitutions, I will do that as well,” he added.
However, Purves insisted that it will still be a "group effort" as he and Ravanes plot a turnaround for a team that last won a championship in the 2011 Governors Cup under Ato Agustin.
The 41-year-old American coach admitted pressure comes with his new designation, but mostly from his desire to bring back the glory years of the SMC flagship franchise.
“For me, the desire to finally give the fans the win they want and my desire to win so badly is where the pressure (for me) comes from more than the exterior,” he said.
Purves also said he is excited to pit wits against the league's top coaches.
“I am a coach and I would love to face other great coaches (in the league) and play chess on the court. I am looking forward to that challenge," he said. "It’s a huge challenge for me, because there are a lot of outstanding coaches in the PBA."
Asked if movements can be expected in the team with his assumption to a more active role, Purves said he’d rather leave it up to the management.
“That’s not my call. But the first order of the day for me is to get our defense back to where we are playing. We need to reinforce a defensive and tough mentality,” said Purves who already started running Petron practice with Ravanes on Monday morning.
And will a championship be within sight?
“I think you will see an identity change to some degree … we will be a tougher team. I am not yet giving specifics about winning a championship. That’s hot air,” he said.
“All I am gonna do and try to make my guys compete and play as hard as we possibly can and let the outcome take care of themselves,” Purves concluded.