The just concluded PBA Governors’ Cup finals became a battlefield for both coaches and Cone, now an 18-time PBA champion, couldn’t hide his admiration for his coaching rival.
“We kept talking in all of our huddles, and during all of our pre-game talk and during our practices, we kept saying that this team (Rain or Shine) will not crack, they're not gonna fall apart on you. you have to keep going at them, going at them, they won't stop playing the way they're gonna play, they're not gonna change,” Cone said after the Coffee Mixers closed out the Elasto Painters in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
“They've got so much trust and belief in their system and I tell you what, that all comes from Coach Yeng.”...
Not only did Cone steer the Coffee Mixers to a Grand Slam win, but he also became the only PBA coach who achieved two Grand Slams in the league.
“His place in history is now well entrenched,” said Guiao in the league’s official website....
MANILA, Philippines – San Mig Coffee guard James Yap could only count his blessings after he helped the Mixers win Game 5 of the PBA Governors Cup Finals against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Yap lived up to his "Big Game James" moniker as he hit clutch jumpers, and finished with a conference high 29 points in San Mig's 92-89 victory – which allowed them to complete their coveted Grand Slam.
He was later named Finals MVP, his second consecutive award after also garnering the honor in the Commissioner's Cup....
On Wednesday, at the height of his team’s success following their clinching of the latest Grand Slam, Cone turned to the words of the author to wrap up his vision for this team moving forward.
“One of the favorite expressions of John Maxwell is take the trophy, put it in the lobby and walk away from it. You take these championships and the fact that we won the grand slam. We enjoy it for a moment, you put it in a lobby but you lock it and walk away from it because we’ve got more stuff to do,” Cone told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview....
The two-time PBA MVP struggled for much of this season, seeing his minutes and his efficiency drop and becoming a non-factor in stretches for his Grand Slam-chasing Mixers team.
“May mga times nga na may mga nagsasabi kay James na laos na siya,” shared teammate Marc Pingris in an interview with InterAksyon.com....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||15||9||0.625||Champions|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||10||6||0.625||5th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||5||8||0.385||6th|