PBA: We’re like making habol right now -- Tim Cone
Mark Escarlote on Jan 04, 2019 04:00 PM
Our only problem right now is we took a break and we didn’t expect to be playing January 13. We thought we’ll be playing 19 so our break was a little bit too long -- Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone
Blame it on PBA’s league calendar change.
Barangay Ginebra is now cramming on its preparation for the 2019 Philippine Cup, which is set to open shop on January 13 with the Gin Kings marching into their season debut against Talk ‘N Text.
The defending Commissioner’s Cup champions started their practice session a bit late, prompting head coach Tim Cone to call twice-a-day training sessions with just nine days before the start of their campaign.
“Our only problem right now is we took a break and we didn’t expect to be playing January 13. We thought we’ll be playing 19 so our break was a little bit too long,” said Cone on Friday after the Gin Kings’ morning training.
The Gin Kings had an early vacation after receiving the boot in the semifinals of last season’s Governors’ Cup against eventual champion Magnolia.
“We’re like making habol right now. We’re trying to get back in shape in time for our first game,” said Cone. “We’re doing two a day practices and we’ll work on our conditioning and we’ll be ready by that time.”
Despite their limited time of preparation, Cone sees his team’s chemistry and familiarity as an advantage especially with most teams still adjusting with new acquisitions and rookies.
“We’re trying to comeback kind of intact. We don’t want to make a lot of changes to our team. We feel like yung mga players are starting to get a feel of the system, the culture, what we’re trying to bring and we’re happy with everybody. And we think we could just continue to grow,” he said.
Ginebra re-signed most of its veterans, tapped Matt Salem as 32nd pick overall in the PBA Draft and acquired Teytey Teodoro (23rd pick overall) after getting released by Columbian Dyip.
“The problem of making changes all the time is it’s hard to grow when you are making constant changes as a group. I think we have a chance to grow as a group,” said Cone.
“It is an advantage (intact roster). I think when you make minimal changes than what other teams are making. Of course, other teams are gonna improve that’s why they’re making changes, that’s why they’re making changes. But we feel like the stronger we are in our system and our togetherness and our confidence, the better we will be,” he said.
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