Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia felt slighted after Blackwater counterpart Aris Dimaunahan failed to shake his hand after their 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup game last Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo which the Elite won, 98-92.
Garcia admitted that he was offended after Dimaunahan opted to congratulate his players first rather than proceed to the opposing coach for the customary handshake after the final buzzer.
“Matagal ko siyang kaibigan. I think he has to learn that after the game, you have to shake the hands of the opposing head coach. I was approaching him, then he turned his back. So doon ako nagulat, parang bakit naman ganun?” said Garcia.
“I know he’s been winning. Sana he just keeps his foot on the ground. Maliit naman ang mundo ng basketball eh. It’s not proper. Kasi whether you win or lose, for me, you have to always shake the hands of the opposing team,” he added.
Dimaunahan immediately offered his apologies, claiming that he was just so pumped-up after the big win that he celebrated with his players first and then totally forgot to approach Garcia.
“I wanna apologize also to Coach Caloy for not shaking his hand right away. I’m sorry, I just have this thing na after every game, I go to my players before shaking the hand of the opponent. Coach Caloy, if I offended you I’m so sorry,” said Dimaunahan.
Garcia, however, isn’t buying his excuse.
“For me, hindi magandang explanation yan kasi pwede mo namang gawin yun, panalo ka naman eh. Eh di doon ka magsimula sa dulo, kamayan mo lahat ng player mo, papunta ka sa coach sa kabila. Hindi yung nandiyan ka na, tatalikuran mo tapos pupuntahan mo doon sa dulo. It’s not a good excuse,” he said.
“If I did that to any other coach, I think any other coach will react the same way,” closed Garcia.