Tim Cone unlocked another career milestone after he steered Brgy. Ginebra to the promised land in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup.
Aside from bagging his 23rd title, the most-ever in league history, the 63-year old American also became the Gin Kings’ winningest mentor with 5 championships now tucked under his belt.
Cone eclipsed the previous record of 4 held by the legendary Robert Jaworski who handled the crowd darlings from 1984 to 1998.
The former Alaska and Magnolia mentor admitted that he wasn’t even aware that he was about to accomplish the remarkable feat.
“I didn’t even know that. I have no idea that was happening. Wow, what an achievement,” said Cone who much earlier broke the long-standing record of 16 championships held by another legendary figure in Baby Dalupan.
“Just to be mentioned with the greats like Baby Dalupan and Sonny Jaworski, it gives me goosebumps to be mentioned in those names. I’ve been fortunate to have that opportunity. I was fortunate to have relationships with both of them based on coaching. Again, just to be part of that is an amazing experience,” he added.
Cone is truly honored to be a part of the team’s history and is grateful for the support of millions of fans all over the world.
“I never would have thought that it would even be here in Ginebra and being around the fans and hearing all the comments and adulation of Sonny Jaworski. Even now, it’s just amazing. He was an amazing, charismatic guy and coach. To be mentioned with him is truly an honor.”