'Good soldier' Racela moves to Meralco Bolts

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Feb 17 2014 03:01 PM | Updated as of Feb 17 2014 11:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Basketball coach Nash Racela, formerly an assistant for the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, is excited to take on a new challenge with the Meralco Bolts in the PBA after being “traded” for coach Jong Uichico.

“I got traded for Coach Jong,” said Racela. “It’s a direct swap.”

Racela admitted that he had no idea why he and Uichico were made to switch teams, only that he “followed like a good soldier” and is ready to help Meralco head coach Ryan Gregorio with the team.

“I don’t know what kind of challenge, pero of course it’s a different team compared to Talk ‘N Text,” said Racela. “Talk ‘N Text already has a winning tradition, so eto, different. Hopefully, I’d be able to contribute.”

He started working with Meralco last week, spending his first day observing the team. Racela said he made it clear to Gregorio that he was there to help.

“Mahirap kasi, I’m a new guy coming in, so mahirap na makialam ka na lang ng basta,” he said. “I think one of the first things I told Coach Ryan was, ‘Coach, ayokong manghimasok.’ So kumbaga, I’ll observe at the start.”

“Kung okay naman, kung wala naman tayong ayusin, bakit natin guguluhin,” he added.

Racela sees a bright future for the Bolts, even after they failed to make it to the playoffs in the PBA Philippine Cup.

“One thing that we were able to establish is, looking at the stats – at least based on last conference – ang Meralco, halos nandoon sa Top 4 if you base it on stats,” Racela said, adding that it was unfortunate the Bolts could not translate those to wins.

“So koonti na lang. Sa tingin namin, these are just minor adjustments. Siguro, just finding a way to win. Ibig sabhini, nandoon naman lagi ang Meralco,” he added.

Aside from being an assistant with Meralco, Racela remains fully committed to his post as head coach of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in the UAAP.