Tautuaa looks to grow under Racela after disappointing rookie year

He may have failed to meet people’s expectations during his rookie year, but TNT’s young big man Moala Tautuaa has come into his second season in the PBA more relaxed and stress-free under new coach Nash Racela.

The top overall pick in last year’s rookie draft felt Racela’s system gives him a sense of freedom to switch positions when needed.

“It (Racela’s system) keeps us more comfortable in our game.  It really helps me, it give us more freedom and it’s easier to play like that,” Tautuaa said of Racela’s system.

“I can go 5 or 4. I feel like the confidence to move around more because I’m not always worried being in one spot,” he added.

In the offseason, the former Chadron State standout worked on a variety of moves, while trying to improve his free throw shooting as well.

This season, the wide-bodied TNT big man sees things in a different perspective as he looks to grow and spread his wings under Racela.

“It just took sometime to figure it out (how to play in the PBA). But I think I got it all figured out,” he said. “Now, it’s time to grow and help the team and work together,” shared Tautuaa, who banged in 20 points in TNT’s 99-92 win over Blackwater Froday night.

With Racela now on board after finishing his coaching duties at Far Eastern University, Tautuaa is confident that TNT will go places this season.

“We just caught coach Nash back.  He’s gonna help bring us all together. Now we will lead the charge from here,” Tautuaa said. – Jason Mercene

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