REACTION was mixed after the PBA Commissioner's Office rolled out a new memo that effectively banned the 'Spiderman' dunk that San Miguel star Arwind Santos became known for in his career.
"About time," said some fans who felt Santos' trademark dunk - where he hangs on to the rim after a dunk and places both feet on the backboard - violated universally recognized basketball rules and should've been outlawed a long time ago.
Not all agreed.
Some fans, specifically supporters of San Miguel, felt the former MVP was singled out by the new rules rolled out by the Commissioner's Office that were meant to discourage players from hanging on to the rim longer than necessary after a dunk.
To get to the bottom of this, we got in touch with Commissioner Willie Marcial, who was quick to reveal the wisdom behind the decision.
Contrary to popular belief, pro league officials didn't outlaw Santos' antics because they found it disrespectful of other players. Or felt the dunk violated universally accepted basketball rules. Far from it.
Instead, Marcial explained that it has come to the PBA's attention that there are young players who emulate Santos' trademark dunk while playing in makeshift or sub-standard courts all over the country.
The sub-standard courts may not be able to support the kids' weight and accidents are bound to happen, the commissioner added.
"Delikado," Marcial said. "So bago pa may masaktan, pinatigil na natin."
Other than that, the second-year league chief said he had no problem with Santos' trademark move.