There’s always pressure to deliver being the most popular team in the league.
And with the Kings having undergone sweeping changes in the offseason with Tim Cone, the PBA’s winningest coach, at the team’s helm and versatile forward Joe Devance adding more depth and experience, the expectations to win have certainly risen to a whole new level.
Cone, who has a couple of Grand Slams across his name, is fully aware of the position that his team is in and he also understands that everything is a process.
“I’m experienced enough from 27 years of coaching that things don’t happen overnight,” Cone said, tempering expectations. “I will be patient because I know that’s really the secret to success, to be patient and let things happen and I’ve seen that so many times in my career.”
Cone took over an already formidable squad bannered by twin towers Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, chief playmaker LA Tenorio and veteran guard Mark Caguioa poised to end the franchise’s championship drought.
Apart from Devance, Ginebra will also parade University of Perpetual Help’s triple-double machine Scottie Thompson, former University of Santo Tomas’ forward Aljon Mariano and ex-Ateneo slotman Nico Salva.
The challenge now for the Kings, who are eyeing their first title this coming 41st Season since winning the 2008 Fiesta Conference crown, is embracing Cone’s triangle offense.
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