Pacquiao strategy? Playing-coach metes out fines, push-ups to keep Mahindra offense flowing
Manny Pacquiao has been actively working with Chris Gavina on little tweaks that have paid off big for Mahindra in the Governors Cup. Jaime Campos

MAHINDRA playing coach Manny Pacquiao usually hands out hefty bonuses to his players after a job well done.

But he has also required them to pay up, albeit just a small amount, if they become stagnant on offense in practice and during games in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

Pacquiao has imposed a P20 penalty every time a player stays in one place on offense for more than three seconds.

“Gusto ko kasi yung keep moving, keep moving,” Pacquiao said after the Enforcers' 97-88 win over Blackwater on Sunday.

“While the point guard is carrying the ball, dribbling the ball, the players need to keep moving to get free shots. So ganun ang gusto kong gawin, hindi mag-stay sa isang position lang.”

“Yun ang patakaran namin. May violation ang every player pag mag-stay ng more than three seconds sa isang position,” he added.

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The Enforcers offensive flow seemed smooth against the Elite as 22 of their 38 made baskets were assisted, mostly coming from returning star point guard LA Revilla, who dished out 10 dimes in just 22 minutes.

Mahindra lead assistant coach Chris Gavina attested to how the offensive flow has improved owing to the fine.

“(The fine goes to) the coaches’ fund,” the rookie coach said with a smile.

The coaching staff also required the players to do pushups in practice whenever they commit a turnover, after they had 20 turnovers in their loss to NLEX last week.

“So it's either you were gonna get really strong (thanks to the pushups), or you're gonna learn not to give up turnovers,” Gavina said. 

“But little things like that really go a long way,” he added.

And it has as the Enforcer have picked up their fifth win in seven games to move closer to a first-ever postseason appearance in their young history in the league.

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