ANTIPOLO – Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia admitted he felt bad that Blackwater interim coach Aris Dimaunahan didn’t shake his hand after their Sunday’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Ynares Center.
Garcia admitted he was offended when Dimaunahan opted to congratulate his team first before doing the traditional handshake between coaches after the game.
“Matagal ko na siyang kaibigan. I think he has to learn that after the game, you have to shake the hand of the opposing head coach. I was approaching and then he turned his back. Doon ako nagulat. Bakit naman ganun.”
Dimaunahan has apologized for his action, saying that he only wanted to congratulate his players first after the Elite picked up an 98-92 win over Rain or Shine to improve their card to 4-1.
“I know he has been winning. Sana he keeps his feet on the ground. Maliit naman ang mundo ng basketball. It’s not proper. Whether you win or lose, you have to always shake the hand of the opposing team,” Dimaunahan said.
Garcia said Dimaunahan went to the Rain or Shine dugout to try to shake hands with him.
“Hinabol ako, nasa dugout na ako. Parang at the end of the day, I just felt bad that he did it,” said Garcia.
When told that Dimaunahan congratulated his team first, Garcia said: “That for me, hindi magandang explanation ‘yan kasi puwede mo naman gawin ‘yun sa dugout, panalo ka naman. Eh di doon ka magsimula sa dulo. Kamayan mo lahat ng players papunta ka sa coach sa kabila. Hindi ‘yung nandiyan ka na, tatalikuran mo.
"It’s not a good excuse. For me, magsasama naman kayo sa dugout. Hindi mo puwede i-congratulate sila pagpasok ng dugout?”
“If I did that to any other coach, I think any other coach will react the same way,” said Garcia.
Garcia said he is moving on from the incident.
“Tapos na ‘yun. I just feel bad that he had to do it. Matagal ko na siyang kaibigan. I just feel bad that he had to do that way,” Garcia said.