Black to Cone after Game 3 exchange: 'I don't need any help coaching mine'

MANILA, Philippines - Meralco Bolts coach Norman Black made it clear Wednesday, October 18 that he does not want Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone minding the way he coaches.

Things got heated in Game 3 of the Governors’ Cup finals between Black and Cone after the Bolts tactician called a timeout with Meralco leading 94-81 with only 38.1 seconds left in the game. 

The timeout caught the ire of Cone who did not join the huddle of his team as he remained staring towards the Meralco bench until the final buzzer sounded. 

The PBA’s winningest coach then immediately walked towards the locker room without shaking the hands of the opposing squad and exchanged some words with Black on his way through.

But Black insisted that they both have different styles of coaching.

“I think everybody knows that 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 don’t need any help coaching mine,” the grand slam-winning coach said. 

Cone immediately left Araneta Coliseum after the game. 

“He didn’t shake my hand because he was mad about the last timeout, that’s his problem, not mine,” Black added.

Game 4 of the best-of-7 finals series will be on Friday at the same venue. Ginebra leads the series, 2-1. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.