SAN Miguel Corp. CEO Ramon S. Ang is hoping Star will remain competitive despite the departure of Tim Cone.
With the PBA’s most successful coach now with Barangay Ginebra and tasked to resurrect the Gin Kings, questions have risen on whether the Hotshots will be in good hands with rookie tactician Jason Webb now calling the shots.
“Of course, we always hope na all our teams will do well,” Ang said on Tuesday night during San Miguel Beer’s victory party at the SMC compound. “But hindi naman natin matitiyak ‘yun. We can only hope.”
The SMC boss said he just heeded Ginebra fans’ call for Cone to handle the league’s most popular team.
“I think we’ll just give in to the request of the fans na siya naman ang mag-coach.”
“Hindi ko pa alam kung anong gagawin ni Tim Cone na play,” he added. “So we’ll just hope na ma-jell niya 'yung team at makabigay ng magandang resulta.”
But Ang is tempering fans’ expectations on Cone, the Gin Kings’ seventh coach since 2008 who is expected to instill his proven triangle offense to the squad.
“In basketball, you cannot be sure of anything. Bilog ang bola eh,” Ang said. “If you remember, na-eliminate nga 'yung SMB last conference (Commissioner's Cup).”
Asked to comment on the status of former Ginebra coach Frankie Lim, Ang gave an indirect answer.
“I think we’ll just hope kung anong pinaka-mabuting pwedeng mangyari sa mga team natin at sa mga players natin.”