PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said he is inclined to stick with single knockout games in the league's playoff format despite misgivings from Tim Cone and other league coaches.
In an interview with Tempo's Dennis Principe, Narvasa said he sees nothing wrong with the format which he said had been in place since the time of his predecessor Chito Salud, saying it makes for 'more exciting games.'
"I might continue recommending it and dapat naman talaga. It makes the game exciting because now, every game counts. Unlike before, players are like, 'Okay, I can have a bad game, bawi ako sa next game,'" he said.
"The better team will qualify for the semis and the finals, and the best team will be the champion team," added Narvasa.
Narvasa's stand runs contrary to that of Cone, who, after Barangay Ginebra's ouster at the hands of GlobalPort in a one-game quarterfinal face-off of the ongoing Philippine Cup, aired his dislike for the format.
The two-time grand slam champion coach told Spin.ph the single-game knockout phase doesn't really reward the best team but the squad that "had the better shooting night, or the better referee’s call, or the luckier shot down the stretch” in one particular game.
“Mostly, I just wish we didn’t have single knockout games in the playoffs. That kind of format doesn’t reward the best team – just the team which had the better shooting night, or the better referees' call, or the luckier shot down the stretch,” said the league’s most successful coach.
“In a ‘best of’ series over a five or seven-game series, the best team will win out," Cone added.
Aside from Cone, other coaches like GlobalPort's Pido Jarencio aren't too fond of the single KO matches.
Narvasa, however, begged to disagree.
"After looking into it, I actually find it interesting because first, it means you should be prepared. Every game counts so it’s good for the game and for the league. When you reach that stage, dapat prepared ka na," said Narvasa.
"There's no slacking off. You should be ready, playing at a certain level of excellence and that's expected of every team," he added.