LA Tenorio showed up in Barangay Ginebra’s first practice with his skin a bit sunburnt after spending time on the beach over the weekend.
That short vacation ended as the Gin Kings star immediately went to work - not just as a player, but as a virtual assitant coach - on Monday when he was reunited with former mentor Tim Cone.
Tenorio said Cone, his coach at Alaska where they won a championship, has already asked him for help in terms of re-introducing the triangle offense to his teammates.
Ginebra has its first experience with the triangle during the brief reign of Jeff Cariaso.
“Gusto lang niya na tulungan ko rin siya lalo na dun sa mga hindi pa nakaka-run ng triangle, especially yung mga bata,” Tenorio said in a short chat with Spin.ph.
Cone has earlier already put the mantle of leadership on Tenorio as they try to put an end to a long championship drought for the PBA’s most popular team.
They Said It!
“Cariaso already introduced the 'Triangle offense' system during his coaching stint at Ginebra, but loses the season plus his job. What would be the difference with Cone‘s Triangle offense if both learned the system from the same source?" - Alex Gaurino
“I’m always ready to take the responsibility,” Tenorio said. "Ever since nakasama ko siya, parang na-mold niya ako sa pagiging ganun eh — to be a leader, not necessarily in scoring or statistical or whatever, but just to be a leader sa team, to be a good example.”
He did just that as the Gin Kings reacquainted themselves with the basics of the Triangle right away.
Fellow point guard Jayjay Helterbrand was just surprised they got down to the renowned system designed by Tex Winter right on the first day.
“I didn’t expect that we were going to get into the triangle right away, pero from start, we got right into it and okay naman siya,” the veteran playmaker said. “It wasn’t too hard.”
“We got a lot accomplished.”