MAHINDRA coach Chris Gavina was fined by the PBA Commissioner’s Office for the critical remarks he made about the costly flagrant foul called on import James White during the team’s PBA Governors Cup game against Barangay Ginebra last week.
Gavina was the recipient of a P20,000 penalty for what was deemed to be statements ‘detrimental to the best interest of the league.’
Although the league didn’t detail out the infraction, it is obviously rooted on his statement questioning the landing spot violation White committed against Sol Mercado, who appeared about to take a three-point shot but opted to pass to teammate Japeth Aguilar inside.
The call kept the Mahindra import on the bench for the next three minutes at a time the Enforcer were in the midst of a huge fourth quarter rally. The Kings went to hang on for a 93-86 win.
Gavina was obviously livid after the game.
“That was one of the most unusual calls I have ever seen where on a pass, you got called for a landing- spot violation,” he said afterwards. “You got to live with it, but it’s one of those calls that you just lose your hair over when you watch it again over and over.”
“It was big losing him for three minutes especially when we were down by that many at that point,” Gavina stressed. “That’s one of those plays that could really swing the momentum.”
The soft-spoken Mahindra deputy actually topped the latest fines amounting to P64,500 slapped by the league on players and coaches of six different teams involved in last week’s action in the season-ending conference.
Five Mahindra players led by White, joined their coach in the penalty list for similar flagrant foul 1 infraction.
White was slapped P7,500, recently acquired guard AJ Mandani was the recipient of the same amount for an F1 against Meralco’s Jimmy Alapag, while Mark Yee and Leo De Vera were hit for P5,000 each also for F1s on Meralco import Allen Durham and Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga, respectively.
Back-up big man Jason Ballesteros, meanwhile, was slapped with P1,000 for pulling down his shorts during a substitution.
In all, the Mahindra team got a total of P46,000 fines.
Also getting the brunt for flagrant fouls committed were Rain or Shine rookie Maverick Ahanmisi (P7,500) against San Miguel’s Arwind Santos, Globalport’s Sunday Salvacion (5,000) on Meralco forward Sean Anthony, and Star’s PJ Simon (P5,000) on TNT Katropa counterpart Ryan Reyes.