Coaches push for review of PBA new rules

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Coaches push for review of PBA new rules

Post by Admin on Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:54 am

These coaches believe that changing the rules of the game is not the smartest thing to do in the PBA right now.

Red Bull’s Yeng Guiao and Alaska’s
Tim Cone, two of the finest and most vocal coaches in the league, have
raised serious concerns on the new rules being applied in the Smart
Philippine Cup.

“We should revaluate our rules. It’s my
opinion – to make an assessment. I’m talking to (other PBA) coaches and
they don’t know what a foul is and what a foul is not,” said Guiao.

Guiao, the Pampanga vice governor shouldn’t
be the one complaining as his team is up in solo second at 3-1. But
he’s taking the cudgels for the others who have chosen to keep quiet.

“I’m still confused with the officiating.
I’m not really sure what a foul is and what a foul is not. People are
driving to the basket, getting bumped, getting hacked, and still not a
foul.

“If we coaches cannot understand what a
foul is, what more the public? The public has to understand the game in
order to appreciate it,” said Guiao.

The PBA has adopted new rules that jive
with the international brand of play, feeling and thinking that it
would help the national team in its future campaigns overseas.

On top of the changes is the scrapping of
the hand-check foul, giving players all the freedom to defend. But this
has led to a lot of pushing and shoving, near-fights and technicals.

“I’m not saying the league is wrong or
right in making these adjustments. It’s kind of a game of attrition.
Normally, basketball is like a chess match. Now the game is like UFC
(ultimate fighting),” said Cone.
“Whichever comes out bloodied at the end of
the game might win it. It’s hard to run the offense. We can’t isolate
at the post because there’s so much banging, pushing and shoving,” he
said.
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