By Waylon Galvez
Published: July 9, 2013
The Philippine Basketball Association plans to introduce new rules to govern the coming tournaments but whether they will take effect in the Governors’ Cup next month will still be determined by the PBA board.
PBA Commissioner Angelico “Chito” Salud met with coaches Yeng Guiao of Rain or Shine, Air21’s Franz Pumaren, and Alfrancis Chua of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel last Wednesday and discussed with them areas where there appears to be some controversies.
These include flagrant fouls and their definition, double lane violations, delay of games, 24-second shot clock violations, and flopping.
Guiao, for his part, saw no need to review all calls during the last two minutes saying reviews should only be made if ball possession is unclear. If possession is obvious, the review should no longer be made.
When play is stopped, some teams gain advantage, Guiao said.
“There were times in the last two minutes… even if it’s already super obvious they (referees) still examine and review the play. That causes unnecessary delays looking at the TV monitor and sometimes give opposing team an advantage,” said Guiao.
Pumaren did not propose or object to changes but said these will just be minor.
“But it will certainly have an effect on the games,” he said.
The PBA’s final conference is set to open Aug. 14, after the country’s hosting of the FIBA-Asia Championship on Aug. 1 to 11 at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City. Rain or Shine is the reigning champion in the Governors’ Cup.
The Elasto Painters will have Arizona Reid as reinforcement, who suited up for the franchise two seasons ago and won the Best Import award.
The other teams with confirmed imports are Alaska with Wendell McKines, Ginebra with Dior Lowhorn, San Mig Coffee with Marqus Blakely, Talk ‘N Text with Tony Mitchell), Petron Blaze with Elijah Millsap, Barako Bull with Michael Singletary and Air21 with Zach Graham.