SEA Games: “Can’t go wrong with a gold medal,” says Coach Tim
Paul Lintag on Dec 11, 2019 12:20 PM
(Photo by Richard Esguerra)
MANILA — Tim Cone literally has nothing else to prove in PBA basketball, as the winningest head coach in PBA history and with two Grand Slams, he’s earned that right.
However, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games proved to be a different challenge for Coach Tim and the shiny gold that came with winning the whole thing has Cone geeking out.
The first gold medal he won might as well outrank his 21 PBA titles.
“You can’t go wrong with a gold medal,” Coach Tim said after his Gilas Pilipinas beat Thailand to end the SEA Games Tuesday.
“My gosh, it’s something you remember for a long time. Maybe if you have like 10 gold medals, like [US Olympic swimmer] Mark Spitz so maybe that’s something, but if you get one? That’s incredibly special. I’ve won a few championships in the PBA and this ranks right up there if not the top,” Cone added.
This SEA Games gold medal likewise puts in perspective coach Tim’s initial national team assignment two decades ago.
Cone coached the Centennial Team, arguably the greatest Philippine team ever assembled.
Despite winning bronze in the 1998 Asian Games, that national team stint left a hole in Cone’s coaching career. Coach Tim prepared the Centennial team for gold, only to not even a proper chance to fight for one.
Getting his gold medal two decades later, that bronze medal on a higher level seems like it’s not too bad as well.
“The bronze in the Asian Games, looking back on it it was special as well,” he said.
“Again, just the whole experience of being here, being with these guys, the support of everyone in the country, SBP, Al Panlilio, Al Francis Chua, I mean and the support of the players, they were phenomenal. It was a great experience all around so you will remember this gold just for the experience,” Coach Tim added.
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