MANILA, Philippines – Tim Cone further cemented his status as the most successful coach in PBA history by claiming a record-extending 1,000th career win.
Cone steered Barangay Ginebra to a dominant 98-84 victory over Blackwater on Friday, November 18, to add another feat to his long list of achievements, which includes owning the most number of PBA championships with 24 titles.
Much has been said about his brilliance, but Cone said his latest accomplishment has a lot to do with his longevity.
“It is a real honor to be able to say I did that. But it just goes to show how old I’m getting,” said Cone, who started his coaching career in the PBA in 1989 with Alaska.
“Been around a long time. You have to be around a long time to get that kind of record.”
Cone is in a league of his own.
According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, only San Miguel and Ginebra have at least 1,000 victories in league history.
Meanwhile, Meralco tactician Norman Black is the next closest bet to reaching the 1,000-point win plateau with 700-plus triumphs and counting.
“It is a longevity record, really. And if you do not win a few championships along the way, you probably do not get a chance to last that long. It is a great honor,” said Cone.
Cone, though, already has his eyes on the next assignment as Ginebra, toting a 6-2 card, looks to punch its quarterfinal ticket with a win against TNT on Sunday, November 20.
“We’re hoping for 1,001 on Sunday against Talk N Text,” Cone said. “We got a big one coming up. We’ll enjoy this for a few moments but we’ll move on.” – Rappler.com