Tim Cone said after coaching for over 25 years in the PBA, he isn’t pressing the panic button at all despite another slow start for Barangay Ginebra this season.
Riding high on the energy and hustle provided by undersized import Othyus Jeffers, the Kings scuttled the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 103-92 to barge into win column after opening the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup with back-to-back defeats.
“One thing I think that’s my strength as a coach is that I’m very patient. I don’t panic and I don’t just change things up because I know what works through the years,” Cone told FOX Sports shortly after Ginebra’s practice on Wednesday at the CCF gym in Ortigas, Pasig.
The American coach explained that everybody’s working their tails off in practice, feeding off from the energy of Jeffers, the former NBA D-League MVP, who plays bigger than his height.
“Slow starts, I hate them and I hate that our teams always have slow starts, but I’m also comfortable enough with them that I’m not gonna panic when it happens,” Cone said.
“As long as we see progress and our chemistry stays intact, those slow starts will make us better.”
Cone said the weeklong break gives them more time to work on the little things, especially on the defensive end.
“We’re preparing for Puredoods, but more so, we just try to get everybody in the same page,” stressed the 58-year-old Ginebra mentor.
Ginebra seemed to have the edge heading into its much-awaited showdown with Star this Sunday as the Hotshots continue to grope for form under rookie coach Jason Webb.
The Hotshots though finally took the monkey off their backs with a breakthrough win against Blackwater after opening the Commissioner’s Cup with 3 straight losses.
Both teams won once against each other in their head-to-head encounter during the Philippine Cup.
Star dealt Cone and Ginebra an 86-78 beating during their first encounter on Oct. 25 after erecting leads of as much as 31 points.
The Kings though bounced back on Christmas Day with an epic 92-89 overtime win behind LA Tenorio’s buzzer-beating three-pointer to advance to the second phase of the quarterfinals. – By Richard Dy
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