Tim Cone claims his heart is with Ginebra and is not interested in the Gilas position

Sep 4, 2023

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Tim Cone stated that he had zero interest in coaching the men’s basketball squad from the Philippines.

Cone remarked, he do not mind supporting the national team in any other role other than head coach.

The remark from the most successful head coach in PBA history follows Chot Reyes’ decision to resign from his position as Gilas Pilipinas head coach.

Cone, one of Reyes’ top assistants, is frequently cited as the leading candidate for the position, particularly with the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, in 2023 only a few weeks away.

However, he acknowledged that being a national coach comes with a lot of attention, as he had previously discovered while serving as the team’s manager in 1998.

Additionally, he stated that Barangay Ginebra, where the Kings are the reigning PBA Commissioner’s Cup champions, remains a priority.

Naturally, Cone is also well-known for being good friends with Reyes, who served as his deputy when he began his illustrious coaching career at Alaska.

Yes, there is also Ginebra to take into account.

His heart is with Ginebra, declared Cone. I also enjoy working for Boss RSA (Ramon S. Ang) and Alfrancis (Chua).

Who will coach the national team traveling to the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in three weeks has not yet been decided.

Recently, Brian Goorjan was also associated as Gilas Coach but said it will not take place just yet.

At least until 2024, those who scream for Brian Goorjian to coach Gilas Pilipinas will have to wait. 

At the 2024 Paris Olympics, where the Boomers have already clinched a spot as the best Oceania team in the 2023 Fiba Basketball World Cup, Goorjian said on Sunday that he would continue to serve as Australia’s head coach through the competition.

Despite having a strong squad with nine NBA players, the Boomers were eliminated early from the World Cup. The EASL team Bay Area Dragons, which Goorjian also coaches, is also in doubt.

Goorjian is one of the candidates being floated by Gilas Pilipinas supporters to replace Chot Reyes as head coach of the team after Reyes decided to resign after the national team’s disappointing performance in the Fiba Basketball World Cup.

The Boomers advanced to the medal stages four years ago but lost to France in the third-place match, 67-59.

Similar to Reyes, Goorjian has also faced some back home criticism for their World Cup departure, with defeats to Germany and Slovenia in their group in Okinawa lowering their prospects of progressing to the quarterfinals in Manila.

However, Goorjian stated that as part of the Boomers’ preparation for Paris, he is pleased with their World Cup performance.

He does not feel ashamed. Goorjian, who last season captained Bay Area Dragons to a runner-up finish in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup match against Barangay Ginebra, declared: He is going to walk back to Melbourne with his head up.

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