'Good soldier' Olsen reluctant to accept Petron job from the start, says brother Nash
“Nakakaawa lang talaga sa kanya, hindi naman niya talaga ginusto mag-coach (sa Petron) from the very beginning," says Nash Racela of older brother Olsen. Jerome Ascano

NASH Racela said his brother Olsen was reluctant to take on the head-coaching job at Petron because he felt he wasn't ready, but accepted the challenge like "a good soldier."

Olsen was replaced on Tuesday by Gee Abanilla, just two conferences after grudgingly accepting an offer by management to take on the Petron top job with former national coach Rajko Toroman as an 'active' consultant.

When the set-up with Toroman didn't work, Racela took on the job on his own in a PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign that was marred by the meltdown by import Renaldo Balkman that subsequently led to a lifetime ban.

On Tuesday, Racela was deep in preparations for the Governors Cup when San Miguel Corp. management announced another round of changes that saw him moving to San Mig Coffee as one of Tim Cone's deputies.

“He has been a good soldier," said Nash of his older brother. "From the start, he felt he wasn’t ready. Pero yun ang gusto ng management, ginampanan naman niya.

“Nakakaawa lang talaga sa kanya, hindi naman niya talaga ginusto mag-coach (sa Petron) from the very beginning."

Nash, an assistant to Norman Black at Talk 'N Text and head coach of Far Eastern University in the UAAP and Fruitas in the PBA D-League, said he will stand by his brother in these trying times.

“Siyempre (nasasaktan ako for him) kaya lang, all I can do is support him, kausapin siya at alamin kung ano ang maitutulong ko sa kanya,” said the younger Racela.

Asked what went wrong with Olsen's Petron stint, Nash said his brother never had the staff he really wanted as he stepped into the first head-coaching job of his career.

“For one head coach to be successful, dapat yung coaching staff niya, kailangan yun ang pinagtitibay,” said Nash. “Sa kaso ni Olsen, hindi.”

Racela cited the case of Cone who brought along with him former players Johnny Abarrientos and Jeffrey Cariaso to help him teach the triangle offense to the San Mig Coffee Mixers after his transfer from Alaska.

“Sa Alaska, naipasok ni Luigi Trillo yung mga taong gusto niya - Louie Alas, Alex Compton at iba pa,” added Nash. “Si Olsen ba? Hindi siya man lang nakapagbitbit ng tao kahit isa. Siya pa nga ang pinaka-rookie sa lahat eh.”

Asked if there was a time during Olsen's tumultuous reign at Petron when he invited his brother to join him at the rival Manny V. Pangilinan group, Nash said they didn't talk about it beyond the usual family jokes.


“Oo madalas ko siyang biruin. Pero seriously, kami naman mga coaches we just have to be ready. Kung saan ka kailangan, doon ka mapupunta,” he said.

“ Kung kailangan ka sa iba eh di yun. If the opportunity calls for it di ba?” Nash added. “Sa akin lang, kung kaya ko ba siyang dalin dito, bakit hindi?”

As for the chance of him jumping ship to join Olsen, Nash was fortright in his response: “Hindi, ayoko. Okay na ako dito, masaya na ako dito kung nasaan ako.”

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