IN between hitting floaters and launching pinpoint jumpers in an impressive debut with Talk 'N Text, Tony Mitchell spent a lot of time in the face of referees complaining about calls.
“Medyo mareklamo nga, sir,” said one of the officials who worked the Texters' game against Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday night. “Nagulat siguro sa sobrang pisikalan dito."
When reached by Spin.ph after the Texters' 98-80 victory in Game Three, the reigning NBA D-League Rookie of the Year said his beef was not about the physicality of the game but about the inconsistency of the referees' calls.
“I’m used to it (the physicality)," said Mitchell, who marked his Texters debut with 29 points and 12 rebounds. "There are just some things [the referees] call and some they don’t, so I complain.”
Talk 'N Text coach Norman Black, for his part, said his import has valid grounds for complaint.
“I think he got a lot of reason to complain today. I’ll leave it at that. I’ll try to tell him to adjust but he’s getting bumped all over the place so he has lots of reasons to complain,” said Black.
Mitchell, however, assured that he may be unhappy with the referees' calls but he knows how to keep himself under control.
Simply put, the 6-5 import vowed he won't lose it like Renaldo Balkman, the former Petron import who blew his top over referees' calls in a meltdown that led to a lifetime ban from the pro league.
Asked if he is aware of the Balkman incident, Mitchell said: “Yeah, I heard about it. I was in the D-League back then and people told me about it.”
But he was quick to add: “I’ll never do that. This is a game of basketball. Keep your composure, you win games.”
As for Black, he assured that there's no point of comparison between the two.
“He’s not volatile. He’s not like that. All American imports are not the same. Let’s not stereoptype them,” he said.