AFTER the PBA All-Star week is over and done with, reality struck Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
The champion coach faced the dilemma of another extended vacation for his red-hot team as the Kings will only play a single game over 25 days in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign.
The league already took a week-long break to make way for the All-Star games, and following a short resumption of the mid-season conference, will take another one-week break as it gives way to the country’s hosting of the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship featuring Gilas Pilipinas.
During that stretch, Ginebra will only play a single game on May 7 against Alaska, and won’t be back in action until May 19 when it battles Rain or Shine.
The Kings last saw action on April 23 in a 107-89 win over TnT Katropa.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do, I really don’t. I have no idea how to handle something like this,” said Cone as he pondered on the long period of rest the Kings are facing.
Until the break, the Kings are on a four-game winning run after initially losing their debut game against the Phoenix Fuel Masters in Davao, 94-91.
Worse, Ginebra is expected to miss the services of Aguilar against the Elasto Painters, who the Kings faced a day after the conclusion of the Seaba.
Aguilar was included by coach Chot Reyes in his Seaba 12 roster. Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer almost ended up being named to the team as he was among the top three cuts Reyes had to make along with Mike Tolomia and Carl Bryan Cruz.
Now, Cone, whose Cebu All-Star team lost to Gilas Pilipinas, 125-112 during the final stop of the mid-season spectacle on Sunday night at the Hoopsdome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, is at a loss on how to keep the Kings in shape and on their toes during the long lull.
“I’ll try to figure out a way to stay sharp and do things that make sense over the next month,” he said.
“That’s the first time in my experience as a coach,” stressed Cone who began his coaching career with Alaska in 1989.