PBA: Working Holidays for Gin Kings as Finals near
Paul Lintag on Dec 26, 2019 03:58 AM
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The Holidays are in full swing, with everyone celebrating Christmas with their respective families.
It’s going to be the usual stuff for the Gin Kings, they will eat the good food and exchange gifts.
However, Barangay Ginebra has some important business to attend to soon and the team’s focus will not be entirely on exchanging gifts but on how to beat Meralco in yet another PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.
“I just gotta explain to the guys that it's gonna be everybody else's holidays, but it's not gonna be ours. This is work for us,” head coach Tim Cone said.
“You make your reputations, your contracts, you do all these things when you win a championship. At this point, if you win a championship you're gonna be able to get your contracts and you're gonna build your reputation as a player. The Finals is absolutely crucial,” he added.
With the strange way the PBA schedule worked out this season, everyone’s been making sacrifices.
And as one of the two teams competing for the last title of the year, the Gin Kings are making a bigger sacrifice compared to others.
As Ginebra tries to prepare for a best-of-7 Finals, the team will be working its way around Christmas and the New Year festivities.
“Their families will be upset, my family's gonna be upset, but they're all basketball peoples. They understand the game, they understand what it takes. We think we'll be okay,” Cone said.
“We'll find some time, but it won't be three or four days at a time. It'll be one or two at some point, and then practice three or four days, and then take another day off and then practice three or four days again. Parang ganyan,” Coach Tim added.
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