Tim Cone admitted missing his former team Star Hotshots a lot since moving over to coach Barabgay Ginebra late last year.
But given the nature of their profession, the all-time PBA winning coach was quick to throw his oft-repeated expression into the equation.
“Yes, I miss them (Hotshots) a lot but we just have to move on. It’s all about moving forward,” Cone told FOX Sports, just as his team started preparation for Ginebra’s highly-anticipated clash with Star this Sunday in the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Sunday’s main game will be the third meeting between Cone and his former team this season.
Star handed Cone and Ginebra an 86-78 beating during their first encounter on Oct. 25 in the Philippine Cup after leading by as much as 31 points.
But the Kings bounced back on Christmas Day with a 92-89 overtime win behind LA Tenorio’s buzzer-beating three-pointer to advance to the second phase of the quarterfinals.
“We haven’t really had a chance to sit down and study them (Hotshots), but I’ve watched some of their games,” shared the American coach, who steered Star to 5 league titles during his 4-year coaching tenure.
“But we know Denzel Bowles very well and we played them in a practice game,” he added.
But Cone said he’s also aware that Star continues to grope for form under rookie coach Jason Webb.
“Like I said, they just have to move on and renew their commitment to support each other just as I have to get the commitment of my new guys (in Ginebra),” he said.
“But all they (Hotshots) need is to get a couple of wins and they’ll start getting it.”
Both teams hacked out contrasting results over the weekend.
Star dropped its third straight game to start the conference via a 99-106 defeat to NLEX in Binan, Laguna on Saturday.
On the other hand, Ginebra rode on import Othyus Jeffers’ 38-point-20-rebound effort to manhandle Rain or Shine, 103-92 last Sunday. – By Richard Dy
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