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Titles and medals sound good, but racing excites Tim Cone more

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PBA Tim Cone Award

Tim Cone delivers his speech after being named Coach of the Year for the fourth time at the PBA Awards.–INQUIRER.internet

Twenty-five Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) titles, two triple crowns and several more international gold medals later, Tim Cone is still in the running.

“Everyone talks about achievements. I absolutely do not take into account achievements. That’s not what I’m passionate about,” he told the Inquirer in a candid conversation shortly after recently receiving his fourth Virgilio “Child” Dalupan Coach of the Year Award from the PBA Press Corps .

“What will get me up in the morning is not the idea of ​​winning championships or a gold medal. What matters, in fact, is the everyday,” he continued. “Going to practices, interacting with the players, developing a game plan together, that’s what I’m passionate about.”

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Cone, who has the most championships in Asia’s pioneering professional league, received the award after guiding crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra past visiting Bay Space to the Commissioner’s Cup after a grueling streak that spanned the full seven-game distance.

He was also feted just a month after leading the PBA’s star-laden national team to its first Asian Games basketball gold medal in 61 years.

It was during the celebrations of this golden adventure, Cone shared, that people were able to really see how he performed on the milestones.

“Once we received the gold medal, we were walking through the locker room and everyone was jumping. Players come up to me and say: “Hey coach, smile, man!” We simply received the gold medal!’ And I was like, “I’m not a celebrator. »

“I was excited for them that they could have a good time and everything. But for me, it was just the result of all the work we did that led up to this. And that’s what excites me: all the work that led to this,” he said.

Cone has not been the party animal in his last three remarkable victories. He was the first to console the TNT players after Ginebra’s Philippine Cup victory in the bubble, and was busy chatting with Dragons coach Brian Goorjian rather than celebrating his spending in the series’ deciding match. Commissioner’s Cup in the Philippines.

He was also busy filming the Nationwide 5 when the Philippines beat Jordan in Hangzhou, China.

Cone said he was just the same, even after a loss.

“One of my favorite expressions, you know, is to take the trophy and put it on the cabinet and then turn around and get back to work. It’s a John Maxwell thing. Another day tomorrow,” he added.

And that same desire to work hard will definitely mean more championships. When he really intends to have a good time, the price factor is ready.

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