On Tuesday, Converge announced the hiring of Willie Miller, a two-time PBA Most Valuable Player, to its coaching team.
Miller is among the most decorated players in PBA history thanks to his incredible basketball career, which included four PBA championships.
Following his playing career, Willie developed a strong interest in grassroots coaching. According to FiberXers governor Archen Cayabyab, it is truly his passion.
Notably, with the hiring of two-time MVP Danny Ildefonso as big man coach, Miller becomes the second former PBA MVP to coach for the FiberXers.
The FiberXers’ dedication to developing new talent and winning more titles in the PBA is demonstrated by the combination of their championship-winning experience and coaching expertise.
Miller’s previous affiliation at Colegio de San Juan de Letran with team governor Archen Cayabyab and head coach Aldin Ayo makes him an intriguing addition.
The strong friendship that has existed between Miller and Cayabyab since their early years in Olongapo serves as more evidence of the Converge FiberXers’ value of cooperation and friendship.
In Converge, Miller also reunites with former coworkers from Alaska, including medical staff members Dr. Facundo Sun, Gus Vargas, and Mike Braga, as well as deputy team manager CK Kanapi-Daniolco.
Within the coaching staff, Miller will assume the role of a mentor, sharing his basketball knowledge with the team’s young players.
Above all, he will help budding basketball players as Schonny Winston, Mac Tallo, and Alec Stockton realize their full potential by mentoring their development.
The Converge FiberXers are excited to welcome Willie Miller to the coaching staff. His unmatched background and extraordinary guard abilities in the PBA will completely transform their young players. The guards on the team are positioned for exceptional growth and development under Coach Willie’s direction, according to FiberXers team manager Jacob Lao.
Meanwhile, Tim Cone, the coach of BARANGAY Ginebra, stated that the club is going forward without Justin Brownlee and that he anticipates Tony Bishop, the team’s successor, leading them to victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Cone is optimistic that Bishop can replace Brownlee, who will be sidelined for some time after testing positive for a prohibited substance following Gilas Pilipinas’ Asian Games gold medal, and lead Ginebra back to the top.
Cone stressed that it is critical for Ginebra to avoid drawing comparisons between Bishop and Brownlee from the outset of this conference and that the squad as a whole must do this.
It would be unfair to hold anyone else to the same standards as Justin, who may almost rightfully claim to be the greatest of all time. Everyone is going to be inadequate. He remarked, “I believe that’s what we are grasping as a team.”
Cone gave the example of Michael Jordan’s analogies.
Cone stated that the players at Ginebra recognize that their task is to maximize Tony’s abilities, which the team will do by identifying and utilizing them.
It is unfair for the team to lose a game and then claim, “Oh, Justin would have made that shot”. That provides them with a pretext, and we don’t want to make any. They therefore anticipate going out and winning a title. Cone added, “And think Tony will be a huge part of that.”
Cone admits that without Brownlee, Ginebra has a difficult challenge ahead of her, but it is still attainable.
Cone stated that he personally selected Bishop because of the potential benefits he may offer Ginebra, having faced him during his time as Meralco’s import in the 2022 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.