Grand Slam Buddies: Coach Tim crushed with news of Coach Aric's passing

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Mar 26, 2020 04:43 PM
Coach Tim crushed with news of Coach Aric's passing
Coach Aric was one of the assistants to head coach Tim Cone in 1996 when the Alaska Aces swept the PBA season to capture the triple crown.

Coach Aric Del Rosario was so good he had a hand in building two separate basketball dynasties that somehow overlapped.

As Del Rosario won the UST Growling Tigers four straight UAAP titles from 1993-1996, Aric Magic was also present in the third-ever Grand Slam team in the PBA.

Coach Aric was one of the assistants to head coach Tim Cone in 1996 when the Alaska Aces swept the PBA season to capture the triple crown.

In fact, Coach Aric was Coach Tim's first-ever assistant when he took over the Alaska job some seven years prior to the Grand Slam win.

And with the passing of Coach Aric Thursday, Cone is obviously one of the most affected.

"It is just crushing news to me," Coach Tim said on the news of Del Rosario's passing.

"Especially at this time when I cannot pay my respects to him and his family [due to COVID-19 and community quarantine]. He was such a steadying influence on me when I was a young coach. He always kept me grounded and taught me so much about humility," Cone added.

With 22 PBA titles and two Grand Slam wins, Cone is without a doubt he greatest coach in league history.

However, Coach Tim says that one of his first mentors in the PBA deserves more credit than what he originally had in terms of being one of the coaching greats in the country.

"The winning he accomplished at UST and the players he touched was unsurpassed," Cone said of Coach Aric.

"His humility and low-key personality prevented him from being on that conversation of the best coaches of the country. But that was wrong, he was incredibly underrated and certainly should have been. He was truly a great coach and a better friend," Coach Tim added.

 

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