MANILA, Philippines – The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers are not adding more pressure on themselves by talking about a potential Grand Slam ahead of their PBA Governors Cup finals date against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
Coach Tim Cone and the Mixers have a golden chance to seal a Grand Slam – and a fourth consecutive championship – when they face the E-Painters in the best-of-five Finals that starts Tuesday night.
"Winning the Grand Slam, the pressure builds the closer you get to it. That's the reason why we don't talk about it, because it will give us extra pressure," Cone said, as quoted by PBA.ph. "I don't want to feel that pressure and give the edge to Rain or Shine."
Cone has already won a Grand Slam as the coach of Alaska in 1996, although he stressed that as a coach, "you never get tired of winning championships."
"These guys over here, they have a once-in-a-lifetime situation. The fact that I’ve been able to be involved twice in this situation, it’s really a blessing and a real opportunity," said Cone.
"It's fun to write about and talk to you about the Grand Slam, but we don’t want to talk about this ourselves," he added.
The Mixers have already won three consecutive PBA titles starting with the 2013 PBA Governors Cup, and Cone said even if they do not win the Grand Slam, he believes that his team has already accomplished a lot.
"If we don't win it, we'll be happy with what we accomplished. We are proud ourselves," said Cone. "I don't want us to be obsessed by it."
Game 1 of the PBA Governors Cup Finals will be tonight at 8 p.m. at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.