WHETHER as coach or whatever designation he assumes, Rajko Toroman will definitely make a difference for the Barako Bull team starting in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“Lahat kasi may perception na magaling siya (Toroman). We’re observing him kung ano ang maitutulong niya sa team. Pero definitely, malaki ang naitutulong niya sa drills,” noted team manager Raffy Casyao shortly after the Energy Cola wrapped up their practice on Wednesday afternoon at the Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.
Apparently, the two sides are still in negotiations on what exact role the Serbian coach will be playing with the team, although at this stage Toroman has already impressed Casyao himself.
“Kung ano mang position, just wait for the announcement. Coach Rajko naman is amenable sa ganitong arrangement. Kakaiba `yung practice (style) because of the transfer of technology. Hands-on European basketball,” he added.
But even with no clear details on what exactly role he will play with Barako Bull, the 57-year-old Toroman has already presided over the team practice for the second straight day.
Toroman himself doesn’t seen any problems whatever designation he’ll be given with the team as long as he will be hands-on in trying to help the Energy Cola become competitive in the mid-season conference that begins on February 8.
“(Contract negotiation) is almost a done deal … But I don’t know (about being the head coach),” said the man who steered the Iran national team to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“We’ll see, but whatever I will be, even if I’m placed in the utility, it doesn’t matter. They can call me whatever,” Toroman said to Spin.ph.
So far after two days in practice, Toroman said he’s happy with how the players have responded to the drills and system he just introduced.
“I’m very happy with the efforts of the guys. We have a good workout … We were ninth last time and we have a goal this conference to play better than last conference, and to move up and be more competitive, that’s our goal,” said Toroman.
The former Smart Gilas coach said it will take time for the players to get used to his system.
Toroman hopes that come the Commissioner’s Cup, the Energy Cola will already be more familiar with his system and carry the high-level intensity from practice to game.
“The guys are listening and working, and maybe they need some time for adjustment to the system we’re playing. It’s different for them now, but they’ll get used to it," he said.
“I have my system and I’ve never changed. I just made some adjustments depending on the team … We don’t have too much choices, but we need to do a lot of work. We have to work like a team,” added the former Petron team consultant.