Tim Cone stands by Chot Reyes: “If he goes, I go”

Gilas Pilipinas assistant coach Tim Cone says he has no plans to take over as head coach, despite rising calls for Chot Reyes to resign.

In fact, Cone has stated that if Reyes decides to go that route, he, too, will follow suit.

“If coach Chot goes, I go,” said Cone during an interview with One Sports’ Carlo Pamintuan.

The Brgy. Ginebra mentor said he supports Reyes and believes he is still the best man for the job.

“Some assistant coaches come into a team believing that they will get their chance to be the head coach someday but that’s not me. I’m here to serve at Coach Chot’s pleasure. I’m only here to support him because I believe in him,” said Cone.

Cone stated that Reyes performed well in the World Cup given the quality of opponents they faced.

“I’ve been with this program for a year now and I really believe that he is still the best man for the job. I think the steps he has taken are correct and we’ve never really been out of any game. You know it’s hard to win in the World Cup because you’re going up against great teams,” said Cone.

Cone also stated that the reaction directed against Reyes on social media is unjust.

“If you have 12 coaches in a room, they will coach any game 12 different ways. In the Philippines, you have 110 million coaches who will all have opinions but being an assistant coach here, but I’m the one who sees it up close and I think he’s done a great job.”

Cone revealed that he and team captain Japeth Aguilar, as well as Kiefer Ravena, discussed backing Reyes following Gilas’ loss to Italy at the end of the group stage campaign.

“You guys played one hell of a game. And Coach Chot was amazing (against Italy). Italy just shot the ball a little bit better but that’s basketball,” said Cone.

“I think that postgame affected coach Chot because he saw the support from the team. Kiefer spoke and Japeth spoke up and told coach Chot to lead the way,” added the PBA’s most successful bench tactician.

“We all try not to be affected by negative comments on social media. Even I stay away from it when Ginebra loses but of course, we are aware it’s there. So it was important for the team to show our head coach that they still support him.”

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