Cone to reintroduce triangle offense to Gin Kings
MANILA Philippines – As Tim Cone moves to Barangay Ginebra, he may seek trades to bring some of his former players from Star Hotshots to his new team.
PBA commentator Charlie Cuna said Cone is expected to reintroduce the triangle offense to Ginebra, something which was done during Jeffrey Cariaso’s tenure as coach for the Gin Kings.
But for the triangle to be effective, Cuna said Cone will need several players who are already familiar with the system.
“I'm pretty sure there will be [a transfer of players],” said Cuna in an interview on ANC’s Hardball.
“How these transfers will be effected, it's hard to say... Surely, Tim Cone will have to enter that situation and not with a whole bunch of guys who are not familiar with the triangle. We know he's going to use the triangle as his system.”
Cuna said some of the Gin Kings were familiar with Cone’s system, particularly who previously suited up for Alaska.
“The players on that roster if you look at them, there's only been a couple in the triangle before. Maybe LA Tenorio who has been in Alaska, Mac Baracael as well, a couple of years back,” he said.
But Cone will need more than just two players to maneuver the triangle. Hence, the need to let go of some Ginebra players and bring in people who are well versed with his system of play.
Cuna said one of the players who might follow Cone to Ginebra is Joe Devance. The 6’8” small forward played under Cone in Alaska and followed the 18-time PBA champion coach when he moved to Purefoods.
“[Cone] obviously wants to put his pieces in there and Joe Devance comes to mind. He's been Alaska going to Star, and had success with Joe as one of the anchors of the triangle,” said the PBA commentator.