Arwind Santos’ signature Spider-Man dunk could be no more.
The PBA released a memo to all 12 PBA teams last Jan. 15 regarding players hanging on to rims after made dunks.
A particular note in the memo read that players who hang on to rims after a dunk and “places either or both of his feet onto the backboard,” will be given a technical foul.
Literally only one PBA player does that and the league could have named the whole thing as the “Arwind Santos rule.”
The new ruling was met with interesting responses to say the least with some saying it’s about time while others say that the PBA has singled out Santos, robbing him of his individuality.
Well Arwind had this to say on the new rule.
“Ako, hindi ako sang-ayon,” he said.
“Kasi sabi ko nga, sabi nila Alex [Cabagnot], suporta rin. Magi-isponsor nga sila na kahit may fine daw, babayaran nila. Nakaka-tuwa naman. Na-touch ako. Pero ang akin kasi, trademark lang ba. Wala namang masama sa ginagawa ko,” Arwind added.
Santos argued that the PBA could focus on better things, fixing issues that really needs fixing.
Arwind feels that his trademark move is pretty much harmless, maybe except for opposing teams on the receiving end of his slam dunk.
“Maraming mas pwede nating pagtuunan ng pansin na ipagbawal. Wag na yung Spider-Man dunk,” he said.
“Mayroon rin kasing mga batang gustong-gusto makita yung Spider-Man dunk, [media], lalo na yung mga fans ko,” Santos added.
Given the chance, Arwind says he’ll still do the Spider-Man dunk.
As for the supposed danger the trademark dunk poses, Santos said accidents happen and things could still end up wrong regardless.
“Kapag may chance, gagawin ko pa rin. Maliban sa alam kong may fine, hindi ko naman sinusuway pero para sa mga fans ko, kapag may pagkakataon, gagawin ko pa rin dahil kung sinasabi nila na may madidisgrasya, naniniwala ako, kapag madidisgrasya ka, madidisgrasya ka. Di ba?” Arwind said.
“Kahit anong ingat mo, sabi ko nga, meron nga dyan natutulog lang sa loob ng bahay, nabagsakan ng eroplano. Nag-iingat o hindi? Ano tawag doon? Aksidente diba? Aksidente. Pag maa-aksidente ka, maa-aksidente ka. Di ka makaka-iwas. Kung sakaling babagsak ako sa Spider-Man dunk, wala akong sisisihin. Baka nakangiti pa akong bumagsak eh. Sa totoo lang, pag nangyari yun,” Santos added.
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