GLOBALPORT head coach Franz Pumaren was quick to put the spat between him and Stanley Pringle behind them after an 108-124 loss to Ginebra in the PBA Governors Cup on Sunday.
The two were caught by television cameras having a shouting match late in the second quarter, after Pumaren called out his star guard for his his failure to get back on defense in one play.
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Pringle aired his side but Pumaren would have none of it, yelling at the Fil-American guard, "don't talk to me like that," as coach and player were separated.
Team manager Bonnie Tan played the peacemaker role before the start of the second half, as the two eventually shook hands.
Pumaren, however, insisted what's done is done and GlobalPort needs to move on.
"It's no biggie. It's normal for coaches during the heat of the game. You cannot mellow or what," said Pumaren. "It's just like me when I was playing. I used to argue with my coaches."
The spat appeared to have started a fire in Pringle, who scored 12 of his 18 points in the final 24 minutes of the game. But the Batang Pier ended up losing again.
The former top rookie pick refused to talk to mediamen later.
If Pumaren is to be asked, he said he'd rather have those heated discussions if that is what it will take for the players to get a better understanding of what they're trying to implement on the court.
"For me, it's my style, even in college, if you have something to say, it's no problem. For me we just have to do what we're supposed to be doing," said Pumaren. "Sakin wala naman, we're all professionals here."
He also had no excuses for the big loss, saying they were simply outplayed by a Ginebra team that's eager to bounce back after an opening loss.
"Let's put it this way, they played great (and) we played bad. We didn't get any help from the bench, not like the previous games."