“I told Mr. MVP that I want to continue the work” Toroman said in an interview by GMA News.
With his contract with SMART-Gilas over, coach Rajko will have to wait for MVP’s decision whether extend coach Rajko’s tenure or not. But before knowing his fate, he will go home to Serbia and take a break from everything and return on November 15 where he and MVP would talk about his future.
Rajko Toroman has got to be one of the biggest names in international basketball. He led Iran to it’s first Olympic appearance in history. He’s known for his military type of system, and his family-oriented style outside of the court. He is fierce and loud inside the court but a nice man outside. Even opposing coaches respects coach Rajko. You have to give coach Rajko the respects he deserves. He is truly a great man and a better coach.
He’s so good that coaches like, Tim Cone, Jong Uichico, Chot Reyes, Ryan Gregorio, Allan Caidic are all behind him. He is a smart and clever coach that will do everything in the context of the game to win. With his experience in international play, he led a group of young inexperienced fresh graduate players and molded them to be the best players that they can be. He led these special young men to it’s first FIBA Asia tournament and took the tournament by surprise.
However, some of us are saying that coach Toroman isn’t really the right coach for us. Some of us are pointing out to the fact that he still doesn’t know his players after all those 3 years he trained them. Some of us are complaining why he didn’t gave Japeth Aguilar more playing time, after all Japeth’s length and athletic ability could help to boost our team’s energy and defense.
Despite all of these negative comments about coach Rajko, most of us are still supporting him. Coach Rajko is the best man for the head coaching slot in SMART-Gilas.
Here are the reasons why..
As you can see above, coach Rajko has been in this situation before already. He led Iran to its first Olympic berth in their history. That alone can very well be a good reason for MVP to extend his contract.
Toroman has previously coached the Yugoslavian national team (1991-1996), the Yugoslavian under-23 national team (1996) and the Iranian national team (2007-2008) which, as we said, he led to the Olympics. He has a lot of coaching experience in Europe and he is also very familiar with international play.
Furthermore, with the fact that Toroman led the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas team in the semis of the FIBA Asia tournament despite the fact that 9 of its players are rookies in the tournament.
2. Trusted and Respected By Players and Coaches
According to Chris Tiu (via blog), in their first team building session 2 years ago, coach Rajko Toroman gave them chips that they would have to give the person that they trust the most in the team, and most of them gave their chips to coach Rajko, and then coach Rajko gave his chip to Chris.
As you can see, since their first session, coach Rajko Toroman earned the trust and respect of the team already, and his players eventually earned his respect and trust as well. Coach Rajko is a family-oriented guy like how all of us Filipinos are. He instilled values to his players that they would carry until their death. Coach Rajko Toroman is a great man indeed and you will notice because even other coaches from other teams respects him, a lot.
1. He Has To Finish What He Started
When the program was established, we were in the 8th place in the 2007 FIBA Asia tournament, with professional players leading the way. But now in the last FIBA Asia tourney we finished 4th with most of the players are picked right straight from college, and not to mention in their first FIBA Asia tourney with 4 PBA reinforcements.
Now, despite the disappointing end to our 2012 Olympics bid, we are still on the right track. We just made the foundation for our future national team, and all we can do is get better and learn from our mistakes. Coach Rajko is also open to the idea that PBA players will be lended to the national team once again.
“We can make a great team” he said regarding the active participation of the PBA in the next national team program.
He started this program and he has certain goals that he has yet to achieve. He doesn’t want to leave his team just yet, he knows that he has a lot of work to do.