MANILA, Philippines – Sports analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz said the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will have to reassess its policies on officiating as players become more physical during games.
Nathanielsz, a former PBA play-by-play commentator, said that games that are too rough could lead to troubles on the court.
“While we all like physical play, the referees should not allow it to go beyond certain bounds. When that happens, that’s how we get into fights, that’s how we get technical [fouls],” he said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart.
Nathanielsz said rough games put even the nicest guys into trouble.
“The other day, I read in a column that [Alaska Assistant coach Alex] Compton, got a technical,” he said.
“He one of the nicest guys that ever played the game, he never says anything nasty, why would he get a technical?”
And as the PBA Philippine Cup finals approaches, he expects the level of rough play to further escalate.
“[The officiating] has to improve,” he said.
Rain or Shine qualified for the finals by finishing off San Mig Coffee in Game 6 on Thursday.
Defending champion Talk ‘N Text and upstart Alaska are still fighting for the remaining finals seat.