MANILA, Philippines – Multi-titled coach Tim Cone of the B-Meg Llamados was summoned by Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Chito Salud on Tuesday after the coach committed a “flagrant misconduct” during Game 1 of the Governors Cup Finals.
Cone threw a chair into the court during the final period of Game 1 last Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Cone’s Llamados were trailing the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 64-74, when ace player James Yap drove to the basket and was bumped by a Rain or Shine player.
No foul was called, and in frustration, Cone threw his monobloc chair into the playing court. He was ejected with 7:23 to go in the fourth quarter. The Llamados lost Game 1, 80-91.
Cone admitted to PBA.ph that “My frustration got the better of me.”
Salud has since summoned Cone to a meeting. No sanctions have been announced yet.
For Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, Cone is seemingly playing a psychological war.
“I can’t understand why he’s harping about physicality. Siguro psy-war,” Guiao said, adding that it was “pathetic” that Cone is asking the referees to help out the Llamados.
“We’re just playing tougher defense and this is the Finals. Cone should understand that,” he said.
Meanwhile, Salud said the PBA will not change the rules regarding physical play in the Finals.
“No change at all. Obviously, there were clear fouls and violations that were not properly detected, but the level of physical contact that has been allowed and disallowed remains within the parameters set by the league,” Salud said.
“The failure of one team to adjust to the aggressiveness and enthusiasm of its opponent does not necessarily equate to a change in physicality permitted by the rules,” he added.
Game 2 of the PBA Governors Cup Finals is set for Wednesday, July 25, at the Araneta Coliseum.