BATANGAS CITY - Tim Cone admitted he would not have opposed if the PBA decided to call off at the half the Commissioner's Cup game between Barangay Ginebra and NLEX on Sunday due to the slippery playing court of the Batangas City Coliseum.
"After Stanley [Pringle] fell, I was trying to get the attention of the commissioner to consider stopping the game because I was frightened for our players," said Cone following the Kings' 100-85 win over the Road Warriors.
"As much as we wanted to thrill the fans and the fans are paramount with us, we got to remember our players are the assets. And without those assets, we can't put a good product on the floor for the fans. So I was worried about that all throughout the game."
Commissioner Willie Marcial did disclose the supposed plan at halftime as the moisture inside the venue made the court too slippery to be playable.
Cone even noted that "ACL injuries happen more from slips than anything else."
"The last thing you wanted is for a key guy to go down because of a slip," he said. "And you hate to see guys go down with that."
NLEX counterpart Yeng Guiao however, didn't see any need to cancel the game.
"That was not in my mindset. The crowd would really be disappointed if we stopped the game," said Guiao of the more than 6,000 people who packed the venue.
"Of course the safety of the players is paramount, pero everybody was trying to keep the floor dry and playable. So hindi ko talaga iniisip na huwag ipagpatuloy yung laro. Ako gusto ko talagang matuloy."
Cone also gave credit to the officials in charge of the venue for doing their job and trying to keep the safety of the players.
"Kudos to those guys, they really carried it out. Every moment they could, they were out there rubbing and rubbing the court down," noted the Ginebra coach.
"They weren't involved in the game. They were really concern about keeping that court good for the players, so hats off to them for doing that."