PBA legend Ramon Fernandez said he is in favor of the pro league allowing a more physical style of play, so long as the referees' calls are consistent.
The current season has seen subtle changes in the way games are being called, particularly in the physicality the referees are allowing under the leadership of officer in charge Willie Marcial.
Fernandez said he supports whatever moves the PBA will implement in relation to the officiating, for as long as the rules are interpreted and applied consistently so as not to confuse the players.
“I think they can do whatever they want,” said Fernandez in an interview with SPIN.ph after the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Wednesday at the Tapa King restaurant in Cubao.
“Ang importante lang kasi diyan with regards to officiating is consistent ‘yung calls. Maski na gaano ka-physical ‘yung game, basta consistent ‘yung calls sa every situation, wala akong problema doon.”
Fernandez, who is the all-time leading scorer in the PBA, played in what fans believe was the golden era of Asia's first pro league, primarily because of the level of physicality during the seventies and the eighties when the league adopted the 'No harm, no foul' rule.
The four-time PBA MVP, who now serves as commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission, said any rule put in place should make sure that the skills of the players come to the fore.
“You just have to make sure that ‘yung beauty ng game, skills ng players lumabas. Wala akong problema doon. Basta lang lumabas ‘yung galing ng players, hindi ma-hamper because of rules and all that,” Fernandez said.