Tim Cone emerges as SBP’s top choice for Gilas Pilipinas coach in SEA Games

Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone is being eyed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to call the shots for Gilas Pilipinas Men’s team in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games which will be held in the country from November 30 to December 11.

The 61-year old Cone, who currently holds the distinction of having won the most PBA titles at 21, last held the position 21 years ago when he led the national team, then called the Philippine Centennial team, to the bronze medal in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games.

The SBP, through chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan and president Al Panlilio, and are on the lookout for somebody to succeed Yeng Guiao after the fiery mentor stepped down from his post in the aftermath of the country’s last place finish in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

“He’s a candidate,” said Pangilinan on the possibility of Cone taking over the reigns of the national team.

“Tim Cone is an excellent coach but it will also depend on the mix of players,” he added.

The SBP is also considering Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin and former Gilas skipper Jimmy Alapag but Cone appears to have the inside track.

“The first order would be to talk to him, if he’s willing and I can imagine he would be. Then we’d have to talk to San Miguel to make sure it doesn’t interfere with their PBA schedule,” stressed Pangilinan.

The new Gilas coach is expected to be named by SBP over the weekend.

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