SAYING coach Jeffrey Cariaso is a "smart guy," Alaska veteran Sonny Thoss believes the entry of the newly appointed Barangay Ginebra coach signals a new beginning for the PBA’s most popular ballclub.
“I’m sure he (Cariaso) has a lot of experience too with (San Mig) coach Tim (Cone). I’m sure he’ll do well. He’s a good guy, smart guy, and he knows what he’s doing,” Thoss shared to Spin.ph just before the Aces’ first official practice on Tuesday in preparation for the season-ending Governors Cup.
The 6-foot-7 Thoss said Ginebra, which has to failed to live up to the hype this season, has all the tools to become a dominant team for many years, citing the presence of `Twin Towers’ Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, veteran guards LA Tenorio, JayJay Helterbrand, and Mark Caguioa, along with young turks Chris Ellis and Mac Baracael.
And with Tenorio already familiar with the triangle after playing under Cone during his three-year stint with Alaska, Thoss said it’s now up to the Ginebra players to adapt to the time-tested offensive pattern.
“It’s a matter of getting the players together and make them (Kings) understand the triangle. If they all click and buy into the system, they would be a tough team to beat especially with the lineup they have, wow,” added the one-time Finals MVP.
Thoss stressed the system behind the championship success of coach Phil Jackson and the great Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls, requires patience and the commitment to play for the team rather than for himself.
“I don’t know exactly how long (I learned the triangle offense), but it took me a while because you have to learn all five positions from big man to the guard,” explained the 32-year-old center out James Cook University.
Thoss, who has won three PBA titles while playing the triangle at Alaska, said the Aces will have to keep getting better as they brace for a tougher competition in the final tournament of the season against the likes of Ginebra.
“If they could understand it (triangle offense), maybe next season, they could dominate the league. And with LA understanding the triangle, that’s the key part of it, then they have a big guy inside, hopefully, we’ll be ready (to play Ginebra) by then,” he added.