MANILA, Philippines-Tim Cone, the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) winningest head coach, will be calling the shots for Gilas Pilipinas in the 19th Asian Games, the Inquirer learned on Thursday.
Barangay Ginebra’s revered head coach will be joined by his club deputy Richard del Rosario, according to a source.
Alfrancis Chua, the San Miguel Corporation’s sports director and the Gin Kings’ governor in the PBA Board, will serve as the squad’s manager.
The source said the order came from San Miguel’s president and chief executive officer, Ramon S. Ang.
The Asian Games kicks off on Sept. 23 in Hangzhou, China, with the basketball tournament tipping off on September 26. Gilas, which finished fifth in the last edition held in Jakarta, Indonesia, will open its campaign against Brunei.
The composition of Gilas will be unveiled later today by the country’s basketball leaders in the press conference at the PBA’s office in Libis, Quezon City.
Whether Cone’s stint is only a stop-gap measure remains to be seen. He was tapped as a transitional head coach when the Philippines hosted the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. That team crushed the competition.
Cone served alongside Chot Reyes in the Fiba World Cup. The latter has stepped down from the post after a campaign that he deemed as a failure.
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