Tim Cone to pay ‘big fine’ for coming in late during game against Columbian

Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone came in late for the team’s game against Columbian, Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 61-year old mentor failed to make the team’s call time due to horrendous traffic and arrived just before tip-off. Fortunately for Cone, the opening match between Phoenix Pulse and Blackwater went into overtime. He, however, still failed to give the customary pre-game pep talk.

“I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t get to the game until right at the buzzer-beater of the first game,” said Cone following the Gin Kings’ 113-90 demolition of the Dyip which formalized the team’s entry into the top 4.

“It’s the first time in 30 years I missed a pre-game talk that someone else had to do it (for me),” he added.

The concurrent Gilas Pilipinas mentor bared that he had to endure almost 4 hours of travel time from his home in Alabang to the Big Dome, a trip that would normally take just one and a half hours.

“I left my house at 3:15pm, got here at 7. Three hours, 45 minutes from Alabang,” said Cone.

“It was a Friday payday, but even then, I didn’t think it would be that bad. I thought maybe two hours. It usually takes me an hour and 30, an hour 45 on a bad day,” he added.

For coming in late for a game, Cone is now faced with a penalty of treating the entire team in practice.

“I have to buy pizza and cheese sticks. It’s a big fine. I have to treat the whole team,” said the 2-time Grand Slam champion coach in jest.

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