ANTIPOLO — Coaches Ariel Vanguardia of Phoenix and Alaska’s Alex Compton expressed support on the PBA’s rule modification midway in the Governors Cup, which prevents teams from taking advantage of the delays in live games.
In the latest memorandum that league commissioner Chito Narvasa signed Monday, PBA coaches are prohibited from gathering their players during a lull caused by video review and official’s timeout.
Instead, players are to stay at the area near the free throw line.
“I value my timeout eh, unfair advantage nga kung nakakapag-time out ka kahit wala kang timeout so sa akin 100 percent okay sa akin yun (new memorandum),” Vanguardia told FOX Sports, shortly after steering the Fuel Masters to a 93-81 win over Blackwater on Wednesday.
In fact, the former KL Dragons bench tactician believes the rule change could work to his advantage, especially since he is new in the PBA.
“Sila (other PBA coaches) alam na nila paano gamitin (yung extra timeout), ako nangangapa so advantage sa akin kasi di ko naman ginagawa yun,” he added.
Compton, meanwhile, believes the coaches just need to get used to the new rule change as part of “fair practice”.
“That’s fair to everybody. We just have to adjust to it but it’s understandable. It doesn’t favor anybody,” he said. “We just have to communicate better, that’s it.”
The memorandum also included clearer regulations on free throws and inbound, while stressing that during a player disqualification due to foul or ejection, a team only has 30 seconds to decide for a replacement. – Jason Mercene
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