MANILA, Philippines – Celebrated head coach Tim Cone is expected to break Ginebra's championship drought that now spans eight seasons, but the multi-titled mentor stressed that for this to happen, he needs the Gin Kings to "buy in" to the system that he brings.
Cone's triangle offense is tried-and-tested, having made him the winningest head coach in the PBA with 18 championships, including a Grand Slam with Alaska and Purefoods.
He is being tasked to bring that winning tradition to Ginebra, the league's most popular team, and Cone is hopeful that the Gin Kings will be quick to welcome his system.
"It's really going to come down if I can get the players to buy in to what we're going to do," he explained, as quoted by PBA.ph. "I know we talk about the run-and-gun and such, but it's really to get the guys to buy in defensively."...
The former San Beda Red Lion formally applied for the rookie selection on Monday, ending his long career in the amateurs which saw him top the PBA D-League in points.
Lanete, 26, is the younger brother of Barako Bull guard Chico Lanete....
All three passed their applications at the PBA Office in Libis on Monday afternoon, adding more star power to the already talented rookie pool.
Rosario steered the NU Bulldogs to the UAAP championship last year and has been pegged as one of the most sought after big men in this batch....
And as he opens a new chapter in his already legendary coaching career, Cone is hoping to follow the footsteps done by another famed Ginebra coach of the past.
“I think one of the reasons Sonny Jaworski was successful in coaching Ginebra that was that he took the pressure all by himself and kept the pressure away from the players. Because he’s such a polarizing figure, he could absorb all the pressures and his players could just go out and play. It’s a difficult thing to find that balance and not get overwhelmed,” he said....
Cone will need to make some adjustments to fit his new personnel, which includes 7-foot center Greg Slaughter, the anchor of his team’s new offense. To do that, Cone will likely be taking a page from Phil Jackson’s old Los Angeles Lakers team that featured a dominant big man of its own, Shaquille O’Neal.
“Oh my, I have to go back to my old Shaq tapes and videos and review my Shaq videos for him,” Cone told sportswriters....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||6th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||15||8||0.652||3rd|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||7||0.364||8th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||12||12||0.500||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||9||0.471||6th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||9||6||0.600||3rd|