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    Tim Cone motivated by 1996 post-Grand Slam experience as Hotshots' campaign go through some rough time

    May 23, 2015
    Tim Cone sses some similarities with Alaska's post Grand Slam experience the way things are going for the Hotshots right now.

    LIKE a worn-out vehicle, coach Tim Cone said Star had a ‘change oil’ the past few days by removing the bad habits and going back to what made the team a Grand Slam champion last season.

    Cone cited the importance of getting every player back on the same page in a bid to arrest the Hotshots’ two-game skid in the PBA Governors Cup.

    “We were trying to get ourselves right and do what I call an oil change, trying to figure out where we are today,” Cone told after the team's practice over the weekend at the Ronac gym.

    Cone reiterated there is no need for him or management to make a 'wholesale change' within the team, opting to fix things and re-emphasize the Hotshots' core values.

    “We don't need a wholesale parts change or try to get a new car, but it's more of changing the filter and put on new oil and then keep on moving,” he added.

    The most successful coach in league history admitted his experience back in 1997 while still with Alaska helped him and his coaching staff a great deal in handling the current situation the Hotshots find themselves in.

    Cone steered Alaska to a Grand Slam in 1996, before failing to defend their titles the first two conferences the following season.

    But behind the leadership of old, reliable import Sean Chambers, the franchise managed to finish the 1997 campaign by retaining its Governors Cup title.

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    “I think we (Hotshots) kinda lost it (the competitive nature) along the way after the Grand Slam (in 2014). But we used that (1997 Alaska experience) all the time, because if you look at 1997 after 1996, it's very similar to the 2015 after 2014, like we're going through the same stuff,” explained the 57-year-old Cone.

    Cone felt the current energy and morale of the Hotshots are good, something they need to embrace going to their tough match against the streaking San Miguel Beermen on Sunday.

    Import Marqus Blakely is also back to his old, energetic self in practice, something he lacked during Star's 83-81 loss to Meralco on Sunday.

    Cone said Blakely had a terrible game against the Bolts by committing 10 turnovers, but he expects the former Best Import to be firing from all cylinders against the Beermen.

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