MANILA, Philippines – Serbian coach Rajko Toroman has no hard feelings against the management of the Barako Bull Energy Cola after he was fired by the franchise from his position as a coaching consultant.
In a surprise move, Toroman was given the pink slip last week, although the coach told Joaquin Henson of The Philippine Star that he holds nothing against the Barako Bull management.
“I respect management for whatever decision is made,” said Toroman. “It’s management prerogative to decide what is best for the team. We are professionals in basketball, and I accept decisions with no bad feelings.”
Toroman had previously coached the Philippine national basketball team before serving as a team consultant for Petron, and then for Barako Bull.
He told Henson that he is proud and thankful of the time he has spent in the Philippines, surrounded by some of the most passionate basketball fans in the planet.
“I’m just fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach in the Philippines, where basketball is very much loved,” he said. “My only hope is somehow, I have been able to contribute in a small way to the development of the sport and the enjoyment of the fans, who are very supportive and knowledgeable of the game.”
Toroman is confident that Barako Bull management will “choose someone very capable” to replace him, pointing out that there is “a lot of good coaching talent” in the Philippines.
“I wish only the best for Barako and Philippine basketball as a whole. I’m very fortunate I was given a chance to experience coaching in the Philippines,” he said.