PBA: Norman Black going to let players decide All-Star Game
Philip Matel on May 19, 2018 06:36 AM
When it comes to the All-Star Festivities, coach Norman Black knows that the fan's entertainment is paramount.
For he knows almost no play is designed, unless it's a close game. More or less, any All-Star game is nothing more than a glorified pick-up game. But boy, it is the best among the rest.
And when he will coach Gilas Pilipinas in the Mindanao leg of the PBA All-Star Week festivities in Digos, Davao del Sur on May 23, he will let his players decide the game for themselves.
"I'm coaching a team I know nothing about. I'm not a coach of the national team, I'm definitely not part of the coaching staff, so I really have no idea of what theyre doing. So my feeling is throw the ball up and let them play, and stay out of their way as much as possible," the multi-titled coach and former national team coach said.
Heading to the break, his team holds a respectable 3-2 record, which is good for third, Black stressed that his wards need to sustain their stingy defense, which among the top rated in the league.
The Bolts could have won but committed numerous errors in the last minutes of the game, from Arinze Onuaku's multiple free throws, Chris Newsome's missed game-tying layup, and blowing a seven-point lead in the last 1:48 of the game altogether.
"...[E]verytime he got the ball offensively they started fouling him on purpose. In that situation you just have to step up and make them. But, obviously, he gives us a lot of other things on the court to help us win games. But that was a sour aspevt of the game tonight. But thats part of it. You just have to live with it and move on."
As for Newsome's missed game-winner, the former import had this to say: "They executed it well though. He missed the shot. That's life."