RAJKO Toroman confirmed getting an overseas call from a high-ranking official of Gilas Pilipinas on Wednesday, but said the short discussion had nothing to do with his participation in a national team program.
Instead, the former Gilas coach and now Barako Bull consultant said the talk with Gilas team manager Butch Antonio centered on Barako Bull playing the national team in several tune-up matches.
“Butch called me to ask for some Gilas tune-up games with Barako Bull,” said Toroman from Serbia where he is currently on vacation. “We really didn’t talk about my (participation) in Smart Gilas.”
The one-time olympic coach has expressed willingness to accept any role with the national team, which he helped lead to a fourth-place finish during the 2011 Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship in Wuhan, China.
Chot Reyes, who took the coaching mantle from Toroman, tweeted on his account@coachot that he’s `in touch’ with the Serbian mentor.
Antonio later told Spin.ph that Reyes wants Toroman and another former national coach, Tim Cone, to show up in Gilas practices and give him an evaluation on the team currently preparing for the Fiba-Asia championships in Manila this August.
But Toroman, 57, insisted, “there is nothing offered to me yet to agree on in the first place.”
Unless something important and immediate matter comes along the way, Toroman plans to stay in Serbia until June 23 as he is also taking care of his ageing mother.
“I haven’t gone here for one and half years. I also take care of my old mother. About Gilas? I don’t know, they didn’t invite so why talk about it yet,” he said.