PETRON team consultant Todd Purves admitted his six-year stint in various capacities with the Sacramento Kings produced numerous heartaches opposite the Los Angeles Lakers and Phil Jackson’s triangle offense.
But Purves has high hopes the failures could serve him in good stead when Petron battles San Mig Coffee and known triangle offense proponent Tim Cone in the PBA Governors Cup Finals starting on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“I’m familiar with the triangle offense because while in Sacramento, we faced it every year numerous times against the LA Lakers,” recalled the 41-year-old Purves of his experience with the Jackson-era Lakers and the offense put together by former Chicago Bulls assistant coach Tex Winter.
“We weren’t particularly successful with the triangle (offense).”
Petron won its lone only elimination round match against San Mig Coffee, 89-83, but Purves said the team doesn’t expect the same kind of result in the best-of-seven series, considering Cone has been running the triangle offense for more than two decades with a lot of success.
“They (Mixers) execute (the triangle offense) wonderfully. Coach Cone coaches the triangle offense very well. He does a great job spacing on offense and San Mig does a great job on that, so we’ll have our hands full,” he added.
Purves joined Petron squad before the start of the season-ending conference coming off two successful coaching stints with the Indonesia Warriors in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
The soft-spoken American left the Sacramento Kings in 2011 to join the Indonesia Warriors, steering the team to the ABL championship a year after when they beat the San Miguel Beermen in the Finals.
Indonesia returned to the Finals this year but was swept by a souped-up San Miguel squad just last June.