PBA: Black was not happy with Cone-Hodge spat

Paul Lintag on Jun 02, 2018 06:03 PM
PBA: Black was not happy with Cone-Hodge spat
"Obviously, Tim is one of the best coaches ever in the Philippines. I think all players should give that respect. Coaches are not talking to the player, and the player should not be talking to the coach. I've had my instances in the past. I couldn't accept players talking to me," --- Meralco head coach Norman Black on the Tim Cone-Cliff Hodge spat.

Things got heated Friday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup during the Meralco-Ginebra game.

In the third quarter, head coach Tim Cone stormed the court in a fit of rage, contesting a non-call over goaltending violation.

Meralco forward Cliff Hodge met him there and told him to "get off the court."

[Related: PBA: Hodge on spat with Cone: "I just told him to get off the court"]

Cone declined to talk to reporters after the game but Meralco head coach Norman Black addressed the situation.

Despite being fierce rivals in the PBA, Black and Cone, both Grand Slam champions, have tremendous respect for each other.

"I don't want Cliff to be involved with that to be honest with you," Black said.

"Obviously, Tim is one of the best coaches ever in the Philippines. I think all players should give that respect. Coaches are not talking to the player, and the player should not be talking to the coach. I've had my instances in the past. I couldn't accept players talking to me," he added.

Black made sure to talk to his star forward regarding the matter.

Cone, who's been in the league long enough, deserves to have that respect. All coaches do.

"I'll talk to Cliff to show respect to Tim and to his team as much as possible. I didn't really like the fact that it happened. But at the same time its a rivalry already," Black said.

 

 


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