MANILA, Philippines – It is better late than never for Yeng Guiao.
The Rain or Shine coach welcomed the news of the PBA implementing a challenge system next season as the oldest pro league in Asia finally followed its foreign counterparts.
“We’ve been looking forward to the challenge system. The UAAP did it first than us so we’re already delayed, but the good news is we’re going to have it at least,” Guiao said in a mix of Filipino and English.
“That actually gives the coaches some control over the officiating, which I think is healthy for the league,” Guiao added.
Guiao has been vocal about the need for the PBA to address the parity between teams – or the lack of it – ever since he reunited with the Elasto Painters, one of the few independent franchises in the league.
Rain or Shine remains the last independent team to win a championship as squads from the San Miguel Corporation and MVP Group often battle it out in the finals.
Aside from the coaches gaining a semblance of control, Guiao said the challenge system keeps the pressure off referees to whistle crucial calls during tight games involving powerhouse teams.
“There is an intimidation factor, whether they admit it or not,” Guiao said.
“When the referees call it wrong, they will either correct it or they will call it accurately because they know that I can ask for a review. If I’m wrong, I’ll be the one who is going to be embarrassed.”
“So it will also incentivize the referees to call it the right way and that will also go a long way in achieving parity,” he added.
Guiao, though, hopes the PBA can innovate by giving each team two challenges per game, one more than what is allowed by FIBA and NBA rules.
“We can make it two challenges, one in the first half and one in the second half. If you’re going to innovate, you should at least go all out,” Guiao said.
“I think it is kind of little bit delayed but it is a welcome development.” – Rappler.com