Black couldn't care less about Cone's problem with his late timeout
Paul Lintag on Oct 18, 2017 10:31 PM
"He didn't shake my hand because he was mad about the last timeout, that's his problem not mine." --- Norman Black on Tim Cone taking offense to his late timeout in Game 3 of the Finals:
Things are now starting to heat up in the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals both on and off the court.
At the end of Game 3 Wednesday, a 94-81 Meralco win to cut its series deficit in half, Brgy. Ginebra head coach Tim Cone refused to acknowledge any of his counterparts from the Bolts and went straight to the locker room.
Just a few minutes later, he was out of the Araneta Coliseum without granting any interviews.
A loss in the Finals would get any coach in a grumpy mood but Cone's night may have been ruined completely with 38 seconds left to play and Meralco opted to call a timeout.
The outcome was a sure thing and Cone obviously did not appreciate the gesture. Both coaches also exchaged words after the game ended.
Well, Meralco head coach Norman Black couldn't care less about it.
"I think everybody knows that Tim is the all-time leader in championships in the PBA," Black started when asked about the incident with Cone.
"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. He didn't shake my hand because he was mad about the last timeout, that's his problem not mine," he added.
Cone is no stranger to incidents like this one as just this season, during Game 3 of the Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel, the two-time Grand Slam champion mentor nearly came to blows with Beermen guard Chris Ross.
With the game already decided, Ross made a meaningless triple for a 99-88 San Miguel win, a gesture Cone took offense to.
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