Tim Cone gives piece of advice to Star ahead of Manila Clasico

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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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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