Shortly after San Miguel big boss Ramon S. Ang confirmed to Spin.ph the transfer of Tim Cone from Star to Ginebra on Monday, Kings center Gregory Slaughter posted an intriguing emoji on his personal Twitter account.
Here it is:
The emoji has sparked a guessing game among rival fans in the social media platform, with Ginebra supporters saying it merely represents brighter days ahead for a ballclub that has not won a PBA championship in eight seasons.
Contacted for comment, the 6-11 slotman was elusive.
“It’s really nothing. I don’t think people should take too much (time) reading in the tweets. It’s just a tweet, an emoji, not too much meaning behind it,” he said of the comments and speculations from fans on the tweet that at posting time already had 144 retweets and 375 favorites.
“I am not really too active on social media and expressive on that. Whatever I tweet in there is just like how I am feeling at the moment,” he explained while also hinting that the post coincided with the heavy rains that hit Manila almost the same time as the post.
Pressed for an answer, the top pick overall of the 2013 rookie draft said the cryptic tweet said it's all about expecting a bright, new day.
“It’s just a sun. Good times, sunny days, the kind part is when the sun comes up, it’s a new day. Fresh time,” said Slaughter.
Turning serious, Slaughter bared that Cone’s transfer, which he said was already relayed to him by Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua a few days ago, surely brings a lot of hope for the team and his career.
“Given a chance to play under Tim Cone, definitely he will do all things to try and maximize me,” he said.
So is the tweet really about the coaching change at Ginebra?
“I am not that good with words, I just try to put emoji icons there. People are always asking me if I can be active on my Twitter (account). So hopefully, I can be more active and stay in touch with the fans,” said Slaughter, who averages only 1.5 tweets a day.
Asked about his feelings on the arrival of Cone, Slaughter made no effort to hide his emotions.
“Definitely, I am excited. He is the winngest coach in the PBA. No doubt, I am very excited to be working with a coach of that caliber,” he said.
“I am extremely happy. I’ve heard about him since I was in Cebu, he was still in Alaska. Rumors even came out in Cebu that he was there to scout me and take me to Alaska,” he said of Cone, who he revealed to be one of the first coaches he heard about in the Philippines.
Slaughter also bared that playing for Cone is no longer new to him as they worked together in the PBA All Selection which played Gilas Pilipinas in a tune-up game in 2013.
“I was able to play for coach Tim in my rookie year. It was only an All-Star game but you can already sense his coaching demeanor. That’s what I wanted when I played in the All-Star game, because we took it seriously,” he said.
“Back then, I said it was imperative for me to call him a great coach,” said Slaughter.