PBA: Coach Tim dabbles into writing during quarantine forced by COVID-19
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Mar 26, 2020 01:17 PM
Sure, he's taken to teaching his son about the sport, but coach Tim is exploring some of his hobbies outside basketball during the enhanced community quarantine because of COVID-19. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
As the winner of 22 PBA championships and two Grand Slams, coach Tim Cone's excellence and longevity is undeniable.
However, never in his 30 years of coaching did Coach Tim experience something like the COVID-19 outbreak.
The coronavirus has shut down sports all over the world, and Luzon is pushing two weeks under enhanced community quarantine.
It's easily Cone's longest break from basketball.
"Never in my lifetime have I seen anything so disruptive to everyday life," Cone told the league website.
"I try to watch one NBA game a day and watch it in replay through League Pass choosing different teams to watch, depending on what I'm looking for," he added, as his basketball brain continues to work amid the outbreak.
However, it's not all basketball for Cone during all the free time he has now.
Sure, he's taken to teaching his son about the sport, but Coach Tim is exploring some of his hobbies outside basketball.
"I work with my 14-year-old son on basketball fundamentals. We have a small shooting court here at the house," Coach Tim said.
"I also dabble in some writing that I always like to do in my spare time while my wife has been spending her time donating to numerous worthy causes and helping wherever she can," he added.
Barangay Ginebra didn't get the chance to debut in the new PBA season before it was ultimately suspended due to COVID-19.
The Gin Kings' last game was in January when they beat Meralco for the Governors' Cup title. Cone says he and his staff have the players just do home workouts.
The team has a dedicated group chat for any and all concerns during the the community quarantine.
"I'm more concerned about motivating them to stay healthy and safe right now in this unprecedented time. We give the players daily home workout regimens that we expect them to follow," Cone said.
"We have a Viber group where we can send messages to the players and monitor everyone's health and safety," he added.
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