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Give way to SMB? No way, says Cone

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel coach Tim Cone only has 1,679 tweets since he opened his Twitter account in 2009, but that doesn’t mean he’s aware of fan conversations about a certain sister team going for a rare grand slam.

Tim Cone
“I read some Twitter things that says ‘Oh, San Miguel’s gonna win the grand slam’ and someone says ‘Oh, Ginebra could stop them from winning the grand slam’ and someone would say, ‘No, management will tell Ginebra not to stop them from winning the grand slam,’” Cone told a pair of scribes in jest following Ginebra’s 107-85 win over Star in a tune-up game Tuesday at the Upper Deck Sports Center in Ortigas.

“Are you kidding me?! Even if management told us that, we wouldn’t do it, but of course they would never tell us that,” he added in response to a question regarding Ginebra’s motivation to foil its sister team’s bid to complete the PBA’s sixth grand slam.

Many fans would believe such perception, given the rarity of such feat. However, Cone, a two-time grand slam winner, has more than just denying the Beermen another trip to the winner’s podium in his mind.

Ginebra is the reigning champion of the season-ending conference and is hungry to add another trophy following the disappointment of falling short in the previous two conferences that included a five-game loss to San Miguel in the Philippine Cup Finals.

Cone is confident of Ginebra’s chances, with last year’s final hero Justin Brownlee back following an impressive Commissioner’s Cup campaign and Greg Slaughter returning from a lengthy absence because of a knee injury.

Source: http://sports.mb.com.ph/2017/07/20/pba-give-way-to-smb-no-way-says-cone/

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