RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao has just three wishes for the PBA heading to the new year: More consistent officiating, no more lopsided trades, and a stop to salary cap violations.
With the ongoing Philippine Cup double-round eliminations winding down to its final few weeks, the outspoken coach said officiating must get better to make for fairer and more exciting games in the playoffs.
Just two weeks back, Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos was slapped with a P30,000 fine by the Commissioner's Office for his rant against the referees in the aftermath of the Energy's 88-90 loss to San Mig Coffee.
Ramos described officiating in that game as “the worst he has seen in his coaching career," pointing to the 29 free throws awarded San Mig in the fourth quarter compared to the 17 given to Barako Bull the whole game.
Aside from officiating, Guiao felt the league front office should revisit rules on trades and player movements as well as the implementation of the salary cap to achieve real parity among the member teams.
“Yung honest-to-goodness na pag-level ng playing field in terms of trades and in terms of just the basic administration and implementation of rules ng PBA including salary caps and draft rules,” Guiao said.
The multi-titled coach, also a congressman representing the first district of Pampanga, declined to go into details, although 'lopsided' trades pulled off by big-money teams have drawn a lot of criticism in the past year.
Instead, Guiao simply said chances of the last-placed team pulling off an upset win against the top teams remain small at this point because of the wide disparity in talent among the ballclubs.
“Ang feeling ko, yung percentage is just 10 percent chance of seeing the last-placed team beating the top team," said the fiery coach, also a former commissioner of the PBL. "Eh hindi 'yun parity.”