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Juggling Gilas, Ginebra jobs a difficult task, says Coach Tim Cone

By Jonas Terrado

Coach Tim Cone admitted that the juggling act of having to lead Gilas Pilipinas’ bid to win the 30th Southeast Asian Games gold and preparing Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s upcoming PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series has been difficult.

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tim Cone (MB Photo / Rio Leonelle Deluvio / Canon 1DX Mark II with 400mm f2.8 lens)

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tim Cone (MB Photo / Rio Leonelle Deluvio / Canon 1DX Mark II with 400mm f2.8 lens)

Yet, Cone was quick to praise his coaching staff for making things easieras he tries to what he described as “landing one plane at a time.”

“It’s not been easy but I have a lot of support from my two staffs,” Cone told the Bulletin early Monday.

Cone has spent the past week trying to secure the Philippines’ 18th gold in 19 editions of the biennial meet but also spent time working on Ginebra’s game plan for the best-of-five semis series against NorthPort.

The two-time Grand Slam coach also had to deal with the recent PBA Rookie Draft that saw Ginebra taking Arvin Tolentino in the first round, Letran hero Jerrick Balanza and Kent Salado in the second and Fran Asuncion.

“Coach Olsen has been handling the Ginebra practices and has been our lead scout for the draft along with Patrick Partosa who is head of our analytics. That has allowed Richard [del Rosario], Coach Kirk [Collier] and myself to stay focused on Gilas. As I’ve said earlier, we’re all just focused on landing one plane at a time,” said Cone.

Cone will try to land the first one Tuesday when Gilas takes on Thailand for the gold at the Mall of Asia Arena.

And if they end up wearing the gold medals on their chests, Cone will try to make an immediate shift to Ginebra’s semis encounter with NorthPort which 0pens Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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