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Tim Cone (second from left) offers out tips that could (from left) Chris Newsome, Calvin Oftana, Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo whereas the ladies’s crew trains within the background. —MARLO CUETO.

Simply days away from the Asian Video games, Tim Cone can strike off a number of issues from his fear listing.

He already has a 12-man roster, and everybody—even the alternate who sits at No. 13—is happy about representing the Philippines within the basketball competitors of the continental Olympics.

“I don’t have to fret about motivation; they’re motivated,” Cone stated on Thursday throughout an open exercise collectively held by the lads’s and girls’s squads at PhilSports Area.

Beneath the floor, there additionally appears to be no want for Cone to fret concerning the coal-hot teaching spot vacated by Chot Reyes.

In a coaching day open to the general public, followers simply gravitated to the Barangay Ginebra coach, with a number of taking selfies with the Philippine Basketball Affiliation’s all-time—by a mile—chief in championships amongst tacticians.

“I believe, nothing in opposition to coach Reyes, nevertheless it’s … finest for coach Tim Cone to show that what he can do is totally different in comparison with coach Chot,” stated Angelo Fabie, a spectator who joined one of many fan interplay video games held throughout the occasion.


Fan opinion was extraordinarily polarized throughout Reyes’ stint as nationwide coach, with the vitriol reaching a boiling level throughout the World Cup. Reyes has since stepped down as nationwide coach and has defined the behind-the-scenes struggles that bogged the nationwide crew’s preparations for the World Cup.

To date, followers have been typically optimistic of Cone, with out setting the identical expectations hoisted on the shoulders of the World Cup squad.

“[P]rofessionally, he’s already confirmed loads,” fan John Francis Capoon stated.

“I believe there’s nonetheless a continuity, contemplating the truth that Tim Cone was an assistant coach of Chot and everyone knows that Tim Cone is the winningest coach in Philippine basketball in order that received’t be an issue,” Fabio Ontong Jr. stated.

Cone hasn’t stated a lot concerning the crew’s prospects, however he believes the nationwide squad is in the correct way of thinking to start out the nation’s medal bid.

“We’re all obtainable. Everyone desires to be right here. That’s the most important and strongest a part of the crew, they’re excited to be within the nationwide crew,” Cone stated.

“They’re excited concerning the prospect of enjoying China, Korea, Bahrain and Jordan.”


Fiba World Cup holdovers June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Roger Pogoy, who was in avenue garments, have been within the open observe, together with Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo, Jason Perkins, Calvin Oftana, Chris Newsome and Justin Brownlee.

Skipping the occasion have been Scottie Thompson, Mo Tautuaa, Ange Kouame and Stanley Pringle, who continues practising with the squad regardless of his position as an alternate.

“Stanley is our thirteenth [player] in case one thing occurs. He’s sacrificed himself coming right here and dealing with us, regardless that he doesn’t have a spot within the crew at this level,” stated Cone.

The Asian Video games will start on Sept. 23, with the lads’s squad kicking off their bid for a medal end in opposition to Bahrain on the twenty sixth.

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