Tim Cone has accepted the offer from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to be the head coach of the Philippine basketball team in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
This was announced by the SBP federation on Monday, telling the most decorated coach in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is interested in the offer.
“I spoke to Tim Cone last Saturday and he expressed interested but wanted to finish his game last night and talk to his family first,” SBP president Al Panlilio said.
“Now I’m very happy to announce that coach Tim has officially accepted the role as head coach for Gilas Pilipinas Men in the upcoming SEA Games,” he announced.
Cone’s last stint was the Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand in 1998, where he sent the Filipino players to get the third place award. He was a shot-caller of the national team.
The holder of the most victories in the PBA said on Sunday that he is “incredibly honored” to accept the offer.
“Even though my appointment is just a stopgap measure and a short term commitment, I am proud to be selected to coach in the SEA Games.”
“I will sit down with the SBP over the next couple of days and come up with a plan of attack,” he added. “We are hoping by the end of the week that we’ll have a pool of players working together at full force.”
“I’m extremely excited to get going,” said Cone.
Panlilio, at the same time, hoped the decision indicates the progress that SBP sincerely wants.
“The resolution of our head coach situation should signify the start of our SEA Games preparations because the other countries like Indonesia are already putting in the work,” he added.
He also shared that the federation is taking it slowly but surely and is entirely focusing on the scheduled regional meet in the Philippines from November 30 until December 11, 2019.
“We’re still putting together a plan on how to move forward with our preparations for 2023 and beyond.”