Barangay Ginebra Kings’ head coach Tim Cone says having their veteran core intact for the restart of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup will give them a slight edge over the rest of the field when the tournament tips off this Sunday, October 11, 2020.
The Kings are going for their second straight PBA title following their championship conquest in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup. Deploying the likes of battle-tested veterans such as LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, Stanley Pringle and Scottie Thompson is a luxury Cone has especially in a compact two-month tournament.
"The good news is we're an intact team coming from the last conference. The veterans are all there. So it's not gonna be like teaching new things to new guys. We're gonna be able to step in and do right away what we do. That should hopefully be a little of an edge over some other teams," said Cone during his appearance on The Link podcast.
The multi-titled mentor says having a lot of veterans on the team means spending less time teaching it to new players and more time fine-tuning the system, which can work to their advantage.
"Some other teams have new guys trying to immerse in a system. Maybe, it would be difficult in a short time that we have here," Cone added.
One player Cone wishes he still had especially in a tournament that doesn’t feature San Miguel big man June Mar Fajardo, is 7-foot center Greg Slaughter. The Cebuano parted ways with the team shortly after their title win in the Governors’ Cup.
“"He changed the game for us as he gave us the size that nobody has except for San Miguel,” Cone said of the University of the Visayas product. “Now that San Miguel doesn't have their big man, sayang we don't have ours either. It makes the difference without him no doubt." (JNP)