Tim Cone on winning his first gold medal as Gilas coach: “It’s something you can remember forever”

Already the most successful bench tactician in the history of Philippine basketball, Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone added another feather to his cap by capturing the gold medal in the Men’s 5×5 basketball during the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games.

“You can’t go wrong with the gold medal. My Gosh, a gold medal, that’s something you can remember forever,” said Cone moments after steering Gilas Pilipinas past Thailand in the Finals of the said event in the biennial meet.

“I mean, if you’re like (multi-titled swimmer) Mark Spitz and had 10 golds medals, maybe that’s something (normal) but if you got one, that’s going to be incredibly special,” he added.

The 61-year old American, who already has 21 PBA titles tucked under his belt, previously handled the national team during the 1998 Asian Games but the squad could only manage a third place finish.

“I’ve won a few championships in the PBA but this one ranks right up there about the top. The bronze in the Asian Games, looking back, was special as well, but just the whole experience of being here (SEAG) and being with these guys and the support of everyone in the country, SBP, Al Panlilio, Alfrancis Chua and the support of the players, these players were so phenomenal so it was a great experience all around,” explained Cone.

“So you’re gonna remember the gold because of all the experience you went through this last week,” added the former Alaska and Magnolia mentor.

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