What’s next for Tim Cone?
By Mark Patriarca
With the recent Comm’s Cup title run, Ginebra coach Tim Cone added another piece in his trophy case and further solidified his legacy as the greatest coach in the PBA. But there are still some records he can chase for the next seasons to come.
Coach Cone’s long list of accolades is something that will take decades, or even a century, to equal or surpass. The winningest coach in Asia’s premier league has 21 championships under his belt, six-championship unbeaten streak when reinforced with the best import, two grand slams for different teams—Alaska and San Mig Coffee—a proof that everything he touches turns to gold.
The checklist doesn’t stop there. According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, Cone also stands on top of the following categories: games won (905), Finals appearance (33), championships with imports (16), Governors’ Cup title (8), and the Commissioner’s Cup trophy (5).
But there are still two withstanding feats that Cone can try to shatter in his already illustrious PBA career.
The first one is the All-Filipino, or now named Philippine Cup Conference, where coach Cone has won four times in his 29 years in the league. Other legendary PBA coach Baby Dalupan currently holds the said distinction as he garnered seven All-Filipino trophies (four with Crispa franchise, three with Great Taste).
Aside from that, Cone has a gargantuan task ahead if he wants to beat another Baby Dalupan record.
The 15-time PBA champion Baby Dalupan is also on a league of his own by nabbing six consecutive titles from 1975 to 1977. Cone has almost reached that record twice, winning four straight with Alaska back in 1995-1996, and the most recent is with San Mig Coffee from 2013-2014.
Now that a dynasty is looming in Ginebra with him in command, it won’t be a surprise if Cone can give Dalupan’s records a scare.