FOR Ginebra coach Tim Cone, the sky is the limit for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup's Finals MVP Scottie Thompson.
Thompson led Ginebra in the final two wins of the series, finishing fwith 12 points and 13 rebounds in the Kings’ title-clinching 93-77 win over San Miguel in Game Six before more than 20,000 fans at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Cone said Thompson has been playing big for Ginebra since the former Perpetual Help standout first set foot in the Kings' practice.
“Scottie came up big I think from Day One since he joined our practice,” Cone said. “I’m running out of superlatives to describe him.”
Cone said Thompson, with his rebounding prowess, showed in this finals series that he is the embodiment of the ‘never-say-die’ mantra of the Kings over the years.
“His will to win and his will to do whatever it takes, again, it’s off the charts. I don’t know anything like him. Everybody brings a different approach to the game… and Scottie brings us that intangible, that never give up. He really exemplifies the never-say-die attitude.
“His energy is always there. You don’t get to see that in practice but he also does it in practice. The stuff that he does in games, he does in practice all the time,” said Cone.
Following the Commissioner’s Cup performance, Cone said he sees greatness in Thompson.
“I can talk about him for hours. But he is a really special kid. Just scratching the surface of how good he is going to eventually be. He will go down as one of the true greats in the PBA,” said Cone.