Tim Cone is looking forward to coaching against Chot Reyes who was rehired just recently by the TNT Tropang Giga to serve as their head coach once more beginning PBA Season 46.
The 63-year old Cone, who had Reyes as his chief deputy at Alaska when the Aces, then called the Milkmen, bagged the 1991 Third Conference for his first PBA title, welcomed the return of his fellow former national team mentor to the big league.
“It’s about time he returned. Kudos to him,” said Cone. “He’s always been a force in coaching and his teams are always a great threat. Looking forward to the wars ahead.”
Reyes, who stepped down as Gilas Pilipinas head coach in the aftermath of the July 2, 2018 brawl between the Philippines and Australia at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, is an 8-time PBA champion mentor – four with TNT from 2008 to 2012 including a near triple-crown in 2011. He also won two each with Purefoods and Coca-Cola.
The two legendary coaches are tied at 3-3 in their head-to-head coaching battle in the PBA Finals. Cone was able to even the score after he led B-MEG past TNT in the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup.
With Reyes back, Cone expects Brgy. Ginebra’s quest for more championships to be a bit tougher.
“Chot and I have been at it for a long time. I was really happy that he coached Gilas. It was great that he was gone. That made my life so much easier,” said Cone.
“I’m not saying that I missed those wars. I didn’t miss them at all. I got the short end of a lot of them but it’s going to come back.”