Tim Cone prefers continuity over player movements, but he's not closing door on trades
“Right now, we like what we have. We like the continuity," says Star Hotshots coach Tim Cone amid speculation veteran PJ Simon is on the way out. Jaime Campos

STAR Hotshots coach Tim Cone said he’s a firm believer in continuity but stressed he's not closing the foor on any trades.

“I’m a guy who loves continuity.  I believe you grow with more continuity because the more you have continuity, the more you grow,” said Cone amid speculation that the Hotshots are ready to pull the trigger on trades in what has so far been an unproductive season.

Cone admitted the Hotshots have been less than stellar this season, having failed to go deep in the playoffs of both the Philippine Cup and Commissioner's Cup after winning the franchise’s first ever Grand Slam.

But for someone who’s been in the league for 26 years now, the 57-year-old coach said ups and downs will always be part of a team’s journey, and the failures will only help develop a team's character.

“I also believe continuity is an uneven road. You will have ups and down, but through the ups and down, you gotta grow together because when you make changes here and there, you have to start all over again,” he added.

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However, the PBA’s all-time winning coach also said he’s not closing the door on any trade, if and when a need arises.

“It doesn’t mean we’re not out there looking to improve our team because you always have to do that because  you get old and stale and hurt,” said Cone, whose team opened the season-ending Governors Cup with an 89-85 win over NLEX last Saturday.

But for now, everything is at status quo as the Hotshots try to redeem themselves from back-to-back playoff debacles.

“Right now, we like what we have. We like the continuity. And as long as we keep winning, keep management happy, keep moving forward, I’m not talking about winning championship, but about winning, like being competitive, getting there, being in semis and finals, and, hopefully win championship along the way,” explained the American mentor.

Star Hotshots return to action on Tuesday when it face GlobalPort Batang Pier at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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