PBA: Blakely could have been a Gin King says coach Tim
Paul Lintag on Oct 30, 2019 09:54 PM
“I would have brought him back for Ginebra, honestly, except we picked up Justin. Once we got Justin, we weren't gonna change him for — I'm sorry Marcus — but for no one.” — Ginebra coach Tim Cone on Marqus Blakely. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
The latest jersey swap in Marqus Blakely’s #GrandSlamBuddies collection is with Joe Devance as Blackwater and Ginebra squared off Wednesday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.
Another prominent person from the 2014 San Mig Grand Slam team was also present Wednesday though he didn’t have a jersey to swap.
Well he couldn’t because the other prominent person is Tim Cone. And Coach Tim does not wear jerseys, he wears a nice shirt and an even nicer tie.
“I was about to take off my shirt and tie and give it to him, but then I was afraid everybody would faint in the stands when they see my body, everybody would be throwing up,” Coach Tim said when asked if Blakely asked a souvernir from him
“I said nah, do it with Joe. I thought about it, but I didn't wanna scare all the females out there with my bare-chested look. I could've given him my tie, I guess, but he didn't ask for it,” he added.
Five years after winning the Grand Slam together for another team, Coach Tim still marvels at his old import’s reliability.
If not for Ginebra landing the jackpot with Justin Brownlee, there’s a big possibility that Blakely would have been a Gin King now instead of an Elite.
“I would have brought him back for Ginebra, honestly, except we picked up Justin. Once we got Justin, we weren't gonna change him for — I'm sorry Marcus — but for no one,” Cone said.
“If we hadn't gotten Justin — because the year  we got Justin, Marqus was still playing with Purefoods. And then he got changed. And then he became free, we could've picked him up but by that time, we already had Justin. Funny how fate happened. We could have easily had Marqus as our import,” Coach Tim added.
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