A LATE timeout has put rival coaches in the PBA Governors Cup Finals on the warpath.
Norman Black and Tim Cone, the two most accomplished coaches in league history, got into each other's nerves after the Meralco coach called a late timeout with the outcome beyond doubt in the 94-81 win over Ginebra in Game Three on Wednesday night.
Cone readily showed his displeasure after Black called a timeout with only 38 seconds left in the game and Meralco already ahead by 13 points, angrily staring at the Meralco bench during the intermission.
The Ginebra coach later stormed out of the court without shaking hands with Black. The two coaches also had a heated exchange of words on the way out.
Black made no effort to explain his decision to call a timeout with the outcome beyond doubt, but said he didn't see anything wrong with what he did.
“I think everybody knows Tim is the all-time leader in wins and championships in the PBA. I’ve never in my life made any effort to tell him how to coach his team, so I never need him to tell me how to coach mine,” said the 59-year-old Black during the post-game interview.
“He didn’t shake my hands because he was mad about the last timeout. That’s his problem, not mine.”
Cone left the Big Dome in a huff with his wife after the game and passed up on the customary post-game interview for the losing coach.