JUST two days after capturing the PBA Philippine Cup title, San Mig are back in the gym for practice with incoming import James Mays.
Coach Tim Cone, who won his 16th PBA title to become the winningest coach in league history on Wednesday, said he has assigned at least 10 players to practice with the 6-9 Mays starting Friday as they prepare for the Commissioner’s Cup set to kick off next week.
Although the Mixers won’t see action in the import-laced conference until March 12 when they go up against Globalport, Cone said it is imperative for his players to stay sharp while helping their American reinforcement get familiar with his trademark triangle offense.
“We’re trying to schedule some breaks and just try to think out of the box, try to be creative because we can’t take a long break since our import is here,” Cone told Spin.ph.
The American mentor said the short conference break after the Philippine Cup Finals prevents the team from fully enjoying the championship, the franchise’s 11th title overall and sixth in an all-Filipino conference.
Although San Mig players will be given breaks by batches after a draining Philippine Cup campaign that saw them play a total of 16 games in the playoffs alone, Cone expects everybody to be back practicing together come Friday next week.
“We’ve talked about taking a break in groups rather than the whole team. And we try to get everybody up back, maybe on the 7th or 8th (of March) so we can get everybody to practice together and have full team practice,” he added.
San Mig clinched the Philippine Cup after beating Rain or Shine, 93-86 in Game Six on Wednesday night for a 4-2 Finals series victory.