Cone: I’m happy, honored | Joseph Ramos

GINEBRA tactician Tim Cone is back with the national team and the one who is revered as the most successful coach in the Philippine Basketball Association couldn’t turn down the offer of Chot Reyes.

“I am happy and honored to have the chance to help Coach Chot [Reyes] and the Gilas program in any capacity,” Cone told BusinessMirror on Wednesday. “It can’t be more exciting than hosting the world championship on home soil.”

National team coach Chot Reyes announced during his acceptance speech at the PBA Press Corps awards night on Tuesday his choice of Cone on the Gilas bench.

It was a surprise revelation from Reyes on whom rests the gargantuan task of leading the country in the International Basketball Federation World Cup which the country is co-hosting with Japan and Indonesia from August 25-September 10. next year.

Known for his winning mentality which made him the most winning coach in the PBA with 24 crowns. Cone, owner of 24 PBA crowns, expressed his excitement despite a tight 14-month job window.

“What a thrill for the country, I can’t wait to be part of the team that puts our best foot forward,” said Cone, who coached the centenary team to a bronze medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. and gold in 2019. Southeast Asian Games in Manila.

But Cone – and especially for Reyes – they will work with the stigma of losing gold at the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam last month.

Ginebra team governor and San Miguel Corp. athletic director Alfrancis Chua said Cone, 64, working with Reyes presents no worries, especially for the Gin Kings.

Along with the Cone on Reyes staff are Nenad Vucinic, University of the Philippines champion mentor Goldwin Monteverde, Jong Uichico and Josh Reyes.

Cone, meanwhile, will miss Ginebra’s games against Converge, Terrafirma, TNT Tropang Giga and Meralco July 1-13 to join the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association Summer League as Malik Allen’s assistant coach in San Francisco. and Las Vegas.

“It’s only going to last two weeks and coach Richard del Rosario will take over for now,” he said.

Reyes was at the PBA scribes awards night to receive the Coach of the Year award, the sixth time he has lifted the Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan trophy.