IT’S a rare time when Tim Cone comes out in the open and shows his greedy side.
Aware Barangay Ginebra has a very good shot at landing one of the top 2 spots by the end of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations, Cone was vocal enough to say the Kings are definitely out to accomplish that goal with still three games left in their schedules.
And everything starts on Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna when the league’s most popular ballclub battles the Blackwater Elite in the main game of a weekend doubleheader.
Running behind leader Star Hotshots at No. 2 in the standings with a 6-2 (win-loss) slate, the Kings are already assured of a playoff spot in the mid-season tournament.
But as Cone puts it, Ginebra won’t just be content being in the quarterfinals.
“We’re looking at the standings and seeing that we’ve clinched a Top 6 spot. But we want to be greedy and go for that Top 2,” said Cone after practice at the Upper Deck gym on Thursday.
The next seven days are going to be a frantic one for the Kings.
After the Elite, they next face fourth-running Meralco Bolts on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo, before concluding the eliminations by taking on the Mahindra Floodbuster on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
A sweep of the three games would assure Ginebra of finishing within the Top 2.
“If we win out in our last three games, then we’ll assure ourselves of a top seeding, so every game is crucial for us,” said Cone.
But the champion coach remains calculated, preferring to take things one game at a time.
Against Blackwater, Cone knows the Kings will have their hands full trying to contain import Greg Smith.
“They have a true center-type import, so it will be interesting to see how we match up and what we can do to limit him,” he said of the former NBA player.