GINEBRA coach Tim Cone is excited to see Mark Caguioa become the next member of the elite 10,000-point club, but is not giving the longtime Gin Kings star special treatment for him to reach the milestone.
Caguioa is just 219 points away from joining James Yap and becoming the 15th local player to score at least 10,000 points for a PBA career.
“I’m not worried about that. It’s inevitable, (but) we’re not going to be focused on it,” Cone said on Friday. “We don’t want him to coming out and say, ‘Oh, I gotta score so I can get to 10,000.’”
Caguioa, the 2001 Rookie of the Year and three-time scoring champion, could’ve already breached the five-digit scoring mark earlier had he not missed the entire 2008-09 season due to injuries on both his knees.
But Cone believes it’s only a matter of time before 'The Spark' reaches the milestone.
The 37-year-old cager’s scoring has seen a slight increase recently. Averaging just 3.5 points in the eliminations of the Philippine Cup, Caguioa has increased his norm to 5.7 points in the Commissioner’s Cup, and has averaged 7 points so far this conference.
“He’ll get there – whether this conference or next season,” Cone said. “That’s not a real concern for us. It’ll come naturally and he won’t change his game and we won’t change our game just to accommodate that.”
“But it’s an incredible achievement, and it’s an inevitable one,” he added.