THE talk has been focused on San Mig Coffee being just three victories away from gaining a piece of history.
It’s just the same number of wins Rain or Shine needs to start carving its own.
“I know there’s a lot of talk about the Grand Slam, but we try hard not to focus on it,” said Cone, who is on track to becoming the first-ever PBA coach to win two Grand Slams.
“Again, we’re kinda like (Rain or Shine) coach Yeng (Guiao), trying to win a championship.”
The PBA Governors Cup best-of-five title series starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Although Rain or Shine’s frontline got smaller with backup big man JR Quinahan out with an injury since the Commissioner’s Cup, Cone isn’t claiming any kind of advantage for his team in the Finals.
The multi-titled PBA coach singled out Rain or Shine import Arizona Reid as one of the main reasons why the Elasto Painters are back in the Finals for the second time this season.
“AZ is a horse. They ride him hard and he’s great. He’s brought them all the way here (in the Finals) from the All-Filipino,” explained the 56-year-old San Mig coach.
Meantime, Guiao said they are not out to spoil the Mixers’ Grand Slam bid, bit are simply trying to write their own history.
“First, we’re not salivating at trying to spoil the Grand Slam. But our attitude is to try to win the championship on our own,” said the fiery Rain or Shine coach, who is gunning for his seventh PBA title.
Guiao admitted that the pressure also falls on his team as the Elasto Painters try to win their first PBA title this season.
“Whatever happens to them (Mixers), they’ll still be a great team and he’ll (Cone) still be a legendary PBA coach, so there’s really no pressure on them, while more pressure on us, because we’re trying to win a championship this year,” said Guiao.
“They have achieved a lot already, and kumbaga, ito lang ang ice cream sa ibabaw ng halo-halo nila to make it special. Sa amin, yelo pa lang, wala pang halo-halo,” he added.
“I think in terms of hunger and desire, we probably want it more and desire it more, but the way San Mig plays, they’ve been playing through thick and thin, injured, and they won championships.”