Tim Cone: Yeng Guiao is the right guy for Asiad

Danine Cruz on Aug 12, 2018 09:45 PM
Tim Cone expresses confidence in 2018 PH Asiad team
Tim Cone waxed poetic talking about the Asiad

Tim Cone called the shots the last time the Philippines earned a podium finish in the Asian Games. It was in 1998 and they went home with a bronze medal. Now with an outsider perspective, the winningest coach in the PBA validates Yeng Guiao as the 'right guy' to coach the 2018 Asian Games Philippine team.

"It seems to me that they're doing all the right things. Coach Yeng, to me, is a really good coach to do this kind of thing where it's quick, and his system is simple in its beauty. And so he can teach it quickly, and I think guys can get into it."

Pushing through with a Philippine bid this year went through a lot of ups and downs. From initially sending the Talk N' Text core, to replacing it with the Rain or Shine instead, to withdrawing the whole bid altogether, to taking it all back, to fighting for Jordan Clarkson's clearance, Cone sees all these detours as extra motivation for the Philippine team to press on.

"I think it would actually be a positive one, because I think they'll feel that they have something to prove, you know?"

His number one tip to make it back to the podium? Make sure to get the first game.

"They must beat Kazakhstan in their first game. They can still beat China. But you don't want to rely on beating China. You need to beat Kazakhstan, just to get out of their group. They get out of their group, I think they'll medal.

He mentioned guards Stanley Pringle and Paul Lee, plus big man Raymond Almazan when asked who he thinks will make it big in the quadrennial showpiece.

"I don't think anybody is going to be able to handle Stanley Pringle. I think that he will shock everybody. I think that eventually they'll scheme him, China is very good at scheming and they'll scheme him. Maybe not in the first game but if they play in the medal round, they'll definitely scheme him," Cone said.

"Paul Lee, they know Paul Lee a little bit, but Paul Lee is gonna be fantastic there. And I wouldn't be surprised if [Raymond] Almazan plays very well."

Talking about the Asiad, Cone waxed poetic reminiscing about his 1998 experience. The Centennial Team was a highly competitive team that Cone felt disheartened going home with just bronze.

However, the experience he gained there was something he will never forget.

"Nothing is nicer than walking around that Athletes' Village, and seeing all the athletes and going to visit some of the events. I mean, it's a tremendous, tremendous experience, one that I'll never forget, one that I've never been able to repeat. And I've had the good fortune."

Now, it's the 2018 team's turn to experience all that and more.

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