Af­ter win­ning 20th ti­tle, why Cone can’t wait to talk to pal Erik Spoel­stra

Sun.Star Pampanga - - IN CAMPUS! -

Barangay Gine­bra’s suc­cess­ful PBA Gov­er­nors’ Cup ti­tle de­fense against Mer­alco is Tim Cone’s 20th cham­pi­onship, but that's not ex­actly why the win­ningest coach in league his­tory was all smiles on Fri­day.

“Look at this crowd. This is ab­so­lutely grabe! Amaz­ing! That's what makes it so spe­cial, to be able to do it in front of these fans, even the Mer­alco fans. It's such a spe­cial thing to be able to do this,” he said, ad­dress­ing those who at­tended the game in record num­ber.

“I can't wait to see Erik Spoel­stra and tell him I've coached in front of 50,000 peo­ple. It's gonna be so cool to say that to him,” added Cone, who is friends with the Mi­ami Heat head coach.

Ac­cord­ing to PBA chief statis­ti­cian Fidel Man­gonon, this was Cone’s eighth Gov­er­nors’Cup ti­tle; no other head coach has won it more than twice.

“We hit our shots all night,” Cone said. “LA (Tene­rio) hit shots, Justin (Brown­lee) hit shots, Greg (Slaugh­ter) got big re­bounds. It was a to­tal team ef­fort, we were just so pumped up from the crowd for 48 min­utes and gave us a chance to win.”

Af­ter guid­ing Barangay Gine­bra to the PBA Gov­er­nors' Cup cham­pi­onship, Tim Cone ex­tended his league record to­tal to 20 ti­tles in 27 sea­sons. (Jonathan Cel­lona)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.