Cone ready to ‘clash’ with Ginebra stars

NEWLY installed Brgy. Ginebra head coach Tim Cone sees a bunch of hungry players in his new team which he intends to take advantage of and make his latest work much easier.

 Yesterday, Cone and the San Miguel Corporation management made the American mentor’s transfer official when they met the media in a press conference in their Mandaluyong City head office.

 The 57-year-old Cone, who led one of SMC’s teams San Mig Coffee to a Grand Slam crown two seasons ago said he sees a lot of opportunity in Ginebra’s current situation which he aims to maximize even if it means clashing heads with players.

 “If it takes to battle a player to impart your vision you will do that. Ginebra is a team that has been struggling so they’re hungry and I think that’s one of the best things,” said Cone “They’re looking to be successful and they’ll gamble on me and listen to what I have to say and I’ll be able to lead them to a better place.”

 Cone will be taking over a team that has been title-less the last eight years and has shuffled five coaching personalities in their attempt to get the ideal head coach.

 And Cone is more than willing to oblige to a new assignment that will help the league’s acknowledged crowd favorites to rise from the doldrums.

 “They want to try to make the organization better and that was how it was presented to me. They want to try to elevate Ginebra and they think I can do that, I take great pride in that. I love being the fix-it guy,” said Cone.  “I’m not sure I had a yes or no with all of this. But once the President makes the decision, I serve at his pleasure and I’ll do whatever it takes.”

 It was reported that no less that SMC’s President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang ordered the reorganization. 

 Cone, meanwhile, admitted he only had hints that there were plans to transfer him to Ginebra but was only told about the move when management had a final decision on the issue.

 “I knew there were some discussions going on about it. So I knew there were some internal discussions going on and I knew it was a possibility but they didn’t let me in on it until basically I came back,” revealed Cone.

 Cone, however, admitted that he was a bit affected with his work, while in Las Vegas where he attended the NBA Summer League tournament to look for future imports for his team.

 “I had two minds over the summer league ‘Boy, I need this player for Purefoods, oh no, this guy might be better for Ginebra’. I wasn’t sure where I was going though coaching Japeth, Mark and Greg entered my mind while I was there,” disclosed Cone.

 Cone hopes to get the support and cooperation of his players after admitting that he is not that familiar with most of Ginebra’s key players, save for LA Tenorio and Josh Urbiztondo who were part of Cone’s stint with the Alaska Aces and B-Meg.

 “There has to be a buy-in of what we’re trying to achieve. If you cannot have that then you cannot be successful. It’s as simple as that. It really comes down and playing together and I think we can do that,” said Cone “The personalities there can mesh together. My magic is with the players. They control the magic by working hard and playing together.”

 Meantime, in the same presser, SMC announced the appointment of now-former broadcaster and assistant coach Jason Webb as the Hotshots’ new head coach.

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