YENG Guiao stressed fellow coach Alvin Pua punching a referee in the PBA D-League was inexcusable.
Then again, Guiao, one of the most temperamental mentors ever in Philippine basketball, admitted there were times he was tempted to do the same due to his frustration over ‘incompetent’ officiating.
The Rain or Shine coach on Friday condemned Pua’s attack on referee Ben Montero during the Rising Suns’ Foundation Cup game against Livermarin on Thursday, leading to a lifetime ban for the former San Sebastian Stag from all D-League and PBA-related activities.
“Sabi ko nga, kung mali, mali,” Guiao told Spin.ph on Friday.
But at the same time, the outspoken coach said he can relate to what Pua did, admitting he at times was also tempted to do the same thing out of frustration from the referees’ calls.
“But I was also saying na I can relate, because sometimes, I get tempted to do the same thing,” said Guiao, a former president and an active member of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP).
“Pero it’s not an excuse. Mali pa rin,” he added. “But as I said, sometimes it crosses my mind, to be truthful.”
While he condemns Pua’s act, Guiao reiterated the controversy should be a wake-up call for league officials on the need to undertake major reforms to improve officiating.
Guiao need not look far to drive home his point.
He cited a crucial call in Rain or Shine's PBA Governors Cup game against Alaska on Friday where the referees slapped an eight-second backcourt violation on his team after a video review, even if league rules are clear that such calls are not 'reviewable.'
“Matagal ko ng sinasabi ‘yan eh,” Guiao said, referring to the issue of addressing officiating in the pro league.
“Ngayon lang eh (Friday game), dami mong oras mag-aral, ano ba ‘yung rules? Sixteen seconds (left in the shotclock) you granted us a timeout and they were saying rineview. Hindi naman rine-review ‘yung call (eight-second violation) na ‘yun.”
“It’s really incompetence,” added the exasperated Rain or Shine mentor.