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    'Rusty' Cone still wins praise on return to TV booth

    Apr 8, 2013
    “I felt really rusty but it was enjoyable,” says San Mig coach Tim Cone after working the San Miguel-Singapore game with Jude Turcuato as an analyst for FOX Sports. Jerome Ascano

    SAN Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone's comments during his post-game interviews with sportswriters have always been more insightful than most color commentaries you'll ever get to hear on television during PBA coverages.

    On Saturday, he did the real thing.

    Taking time off from his busy schedule, the multi-titled coach joined Jude Turcuato on the TV booth and served as the analyst for the FOX Sports coverage of the ABL match between San Miguel Beer and Jobstreet.com Singapore at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

    The American grand slam-winning head coach is no stranger to doing television duties, having done the PBA coverage before. But Cone said he has not done TV work for quite awhile.

    “It’s been a long time,” Cone told Spin.ph right after the match.

    “Probably about five years or so,” said the fast-talking mentor when asked if he remembered the last time he sat on the booth to analyze games.

    No wonder Cone admitted feeling "rusty" while doing TV analysis once again, although many viewers immediately took to Twitter to praise his insights and analysis of the game won by the Beermen in lopsided fashion, 78-57.

    “I felt really rusty but it was enjoyable,” said Cone, who, prior to the interview, entertained several fans who wanted their picture taken with him. "Jude is very good. He led me through it and kept me focused."

    Cone had nothing but good things to say about the Beermen, who are currently in second place with a 10-3 win-loss slate following their 21-point blowout of the Slingers.

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    “I think they are a well-constructed team. They’ve done a good job of getting various personnel that fit together," he said.

    “They have an outstanding point guard in (Chris) Banchero and good shooters in the wing in (Leo) Avenido, (RJ) Rizada, and Val Acuna. And then, they have two imports that are very defensive-oriented. They have Asi (Taulava) and Erik (Menk) that can come in and relieve. They are very well-coached,” Cone said.

    The San Mig coach said given the chance, he likes to do television duties again.

    “I haven’t been asked (to do the TV coverage) in a while. It’s a real honor to do it,” Cone said.

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    “I felt really rusty but it was enjoyable,” says San Mig coach Tim Cone after working the San Miguel-Singapore game with Jude Turcuato as an analyst for FOX Sports. Jerome Ascano
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