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.