WHILE he looks forward to the future of Barangay Ginebra, coach Tim Cone continues to point to the past as his example.
On Sunday, the PBA’s most successful coach once again meets his former team in Star, which he led to a grand slam in 2014 after going through a learning process early in his tenure.
And Cone is preaching patience to the Gin Kings’ fans, hoping they can wait for Ginebra’s rise like the Hotshots’ followers did.
“I know there’s a rush for us to be really good right now,” Cone said. “But I really feel this is a process. I think that eventually we’ll make our fans very proud.”
The Gin Kings registered their first win in the Commissioner’s Cup with a 103-92 decision of Rain or Shine last Sunday that snapped a two-game skid to start the conference.
But Cone continued to temper their fans’ expectations as the Gin Kings are taking things slowly but surely.
“We’re going to continue to struggle and try to figure out ways to win, but we feel that if we do it this way and follow the process, with the players we have, we can be one of the top-echelon teams without a doubt,” the American mentor said.
“We can be competing for championships every conference,” he added.
The Gin Kings continue their development against the Hotshots in their first meeting since the Philippine Cup quarterfinals where Ginebra eliminated Star from the playoffs with a thrilling overtime win.
Tipoff is at 5:15 p.m. in a marquee matchup preceded by an encounter between surprise leader Meralco (4-0) and GlobalPort (2-2) at 3 o’clock.
Otyhus Jeffers, the league’s smallest import, continues to stand tall for the Gin Kings as they seek to even their win-loss record, taking on the Hotshots, who boast former Best Import Denzel Bowles and are fresh from a resounding 122-103 win over Blackwater last Wednesday.