SAN Mig fans may not like this, but coach Tim Cone has suggested to management to postpone any victory party for the time being so the team can start focusing on its quest for a grand slam in the PBA Governors Cup.
Cone was on cloud nine on Thursday night after steering San Mig to a 3-1 Commissioner’s Cup Finals conquest of Talk ‘N Text for the franchise's third successive championship dating back to last season and second this season, putting it on track for a grand slam.
But with the Governors Cup set to open on Sunday and San Mig set to debut on Wednesday against Barako Bull, Cone felt it wouldn’t be prudent to spend time celebrating at this point in time.
“We got a couple days off and I ask the company not to have a championship party, I hope. I ask them (San Miguel Corp.) not to (hold a championship party), but I’m not sure they would agree to it,” Cone told Spin.ph, shortly before leaving the Philsports Arena on Thursday.
The American mentor, who now has an all-time record 17 PBA titles as a coach, understands that the company is under pressure from the fans to put a victory party.
For now, he considers the championship party as more of a “distraction” once they start preparing for the Governors Cup on Monday.
“I know they are under pressure from the fans to have one (victory party), but it’s just not enough time. It’s distracting at this point when we want to get right back at it (preparation),” Cone said.
However, the multi-titled PBA coach is also suggesting holding the championship party right after the end of the Governors Cup.
And should the Mixers end the season with a grand slam, Cone hopes the company could give a grand celebration for the fans.
“(I suggest that we celebrate) at the end of the next conference, and whether we win or not, we’re gonna have a fans day or fans evening. Now if we win of course, we’ll celebrate quite vigorously, but if we lose, we’ll still celebrate with the fans to celebrate the three-peat,” he added.
For the moment, Cone said he intends to monitor the minutes of his veteran core of Commissioner’s Cup Finals MVP James Yap, forward Marc Pingris, Peter June Simon and Philippine Cup Finals MVP Mark Barroca, while relying on import Marqus Blakely and Allein Maliksi come the Governors Cup.
Blakely, the reigning Governors Cup Cup Best Import, is back for a third straight tour of duty, while Maliksi has fully recovered from an ACL tear on his knee that has sidelined him from active play since last year.