Tim Cone veers away from triangle offense, tries something new with Ginebra
Tim Cone on veering away from the triangle: "I could grow it a little and not just be a copier but be an innovator and help innovate the game." Jaime Campos

TIM Cone has always been a disciple of the famed triangle offense.

But times have changed.

The Ginebra mentor admitted slowly trying to veer away from the system that has made him the most accomplished coach in the history of the PBA as the Kings try out a different offensive pattern.

It still has some shade of the triangle, but Cone has added some new twist to it.

“We don’t do triangle anymore. I kind of learn that as we go along, players kind of learn as they go along. So it’s a struggle sometimes of course offensively, but guys are buying into it,” said Cone after the Kings booked a second win in three games in the Governors Cup by whipping NLEX, 85-72, on Wednesday night.

“I have a vision and end vision for it but we’re not there yet. Hopefully, we can improve game by game as we kind of learn together on what we’re trying to do."

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The two-time grand slam coach said he made the adjustment at the start of the conference, and while the Kings are 2-1 at this point of the tournament, Cone said there are still a lot of things to learn before the team really becomes comfortable playing it.

“It’s a struggle for us. Bringing a new offense in and trying new things with different guys, it’s still an adjustment for us. And we’re bad ones at this point,” he stressed.

Cone has been coaching in the league since 1989 that he believes even at this stage, he also needs to grow as a student of the game.

"I feel like I’m doing it (triangle) for a long time and I don’t want to get stale with it," he disclosed. "I could grow it a little and not just be a copier but be an innovator and help innovate the game."


Then again, Cone isn't completely sure if he'll see the change through to the end.

Cone said he tried the same thing with Alaska and Star before, but not as long as this one he had with the Kings. Eventually, he reverted back to playing the triangle with the Aces and the Hotshots.

“I’ve done this a couple of times in the past, but not this long,” he said. “But  I've never got more than a week, before I said, 'Ah let's go back to Triangle.'

"I hope I go all the way this time."

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