MANILA – With Tim Cone now Barangay Ginebra’s coach, player LA Tenorio hoped that PBA’s 41st season will finally be in favor of their team.
“Lahat kami excited, lahat fresh going to this season… I hope makalagpas naman kami sa gusto namin (We’re all excited, we’re all fresh going to this season… I hope we get through what we want),” Tenorio said in a Spin.ph report.
It can be recalled that the Gin Kings have not won the PBA championship since 2008. But with basketball’s ‘winningest’ coach now on their side, the team may finally take home their next title.
“Nakarami na ang Purefoods. Nakarami na ang San Miguel. Sana kami naman (Purefoods [won in several seasons]. San Miguel [won in several seasons. I hope it’s us this time),” Tenorio said, referring to their sister teams.
“It’s time for us to repay what management gave us,” he added.
Playing under Cone in Alaska Aces, Tenorio knew the coach’s triangle offense and believed that it would work well with the team.
“I think Coach Tim can handle the whole team. He is a born teacher. Sobrang mahaba ang pasensya niya. Talagang i-popound niya sa mga players kung papaano. If he has to do basic triangle for the whole conference, he will do it,” he said.
(I think Coach Tim can handle the whole team. He is a born teacher. He’s really patient. He will really pound to the players on how it should be done. If he has to do basic triangle for the whole conference, he will do it.)