No more game-fixing in PH basketball - analyst

Posted at 07/07/12 9:37 PM

Analyst feels bad for Allado

MANILA, Philippines – Sports analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz said there may have been match-fixing in the old days of Philippine basketball.

But in today’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), he said such schemes no longer exist.

“If there were some hanky panky in the old, old days of basketball, it does not exist anymore. Kitang kita naman 'yung mga laro ‘di ba?” Nathanielsz said in dzMM’s Sports Talk.

The veteran analyst made the statement in reaction to Don Allado’s Twitter rant against the PBA.

The Barako Bull player accused the league of match fixing shortly after his team got eliminated in the race for the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.

Allado claimed that they lost the game against Powerade because of referees’ bad officiating.

The player, however, retracted his statement and apologized to the league.

Nathanielsz said it is normal for game officials to commit mistakes from time to time.

“The referees do make mistakes, if you saw the NBA Finals, you saw how many mistakes the referees committed?”

He said Allado may have not been in his right state of mind when he made the outburst.

“Don Allado made an imprudent, unnecessary, uncalled for, stupid statement,’ said Nathanielsz. “Sayang kasi mabait na tao si Don Allado.”

The analyst said he hopes Barako Bull retains the 33-year-old Allado despite his Twitter rant, citing that the 6’6” center still have good playing years left.

“His contract is expiring... I hope and pray the team will still sign him because he's a good player.”

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