JOE Devance has played for so long and won multiple championships under Tim Cone that the veteran big man believes ‘he’s kind of the extension’ of the brilliant coach on the court.
“That’s really my role on this team, being that vocal leader. That’s it, really. I don’t do anything out of the ordinary,” he said.
Sorry about that LA Tenorio.
But the truth is, the 35-year-old Devance has always been a reliable player for Cone, be it on defense or offense just like in the second half of Ginebra’s 105-92 clobbering of Phoenix in the PBA Governors Cup on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The veteran Fil-Am scattered nine of his 14 points in a decisive third quarter in which the Kings outscored the reeling Fuel Masters, 32-18, to break the game open after leading by just three points, 53-50, at the half.
The effort led to a fifth straight win that matched the Kings' longest win streak under Cone and tied them with Meralco at the top of the standings on 5-1 cards.
Devance, who has won championships with Cone at Alaska, Star (including a grand slam), and Ginebra, also had seven rebounds to help the reigning champions clobber their opponents off the boards, 76-47.
Devance said he’s not really focused on scoring points, but would do so if the opportunity presents itself.
“I’m just trying to focus on defense I don’t worry about my points. I don’t do things that I don’t normally do,” he stressed. “My mindset is always, ‘What can I do’ to make my teammates better?'”
Now that kind of sounds like a true leader, just the way Cone wants him to be.