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    Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    Tim Cone Retires As Alaska's Head Coach: Joel Banal is The New Head Coach of The Aces In PBA Season 37

    Source: sports.inquirer.net

    The Legendary Coach Tim Cone will no longer be the head coach of the Alaska Aces as he will retire soon. The coach who gave the Alaska Aces 13 PBA Championships and a very elusive Grand Slam Title in 1996 will surely be missed by the Alaska Fans.

    His retirement will be announced by Mr. Fred Uytengsu, the President of the Alaska Milk Corporation. The possible replacement of Cone will be coach Joel Banal who steered the Ateneo Blue Eagles to a championship in 2002.

    Some of the Alaska fans doesn't want coach Tim to leave. They are saying that Alaska could no longer give the salary that Cone wants that's why he's leaving the team. But apparently, they are all wrong because Mr. Uytengsu said that it's about coaching fatigue. Here's what he said:

    “Coaching fatigue. He wanted to do something different. Tim’s assistant, Joel Banal, will replace him."

    Aside from the numerous PBA Championships that he won with the Aces, we should also remember Coach Tim as the:

    *0nly head coach in the PBA to wear a long-sleeved shirt and tie during games. He once wore a short-sleeved shirt in 2006 before reverting back to his usual look. His previous assistant coaches, Joel Banal and Chot Reyes, as well as other coaches like Louie Alas and Ariel Vanguardia, have taken up the practice on multiple occasions as well.

    *Longest tenured coach in PBA history in a span of 22 years dating back 1989 and beating the winningest coach Baby Dalupan (with 15 titles, 13 with Cone) who stayed in the PBA for 16 years (1975–1991).


    NoUse4aName said...

    This is very sad news for Philippine basketball. I never liked Alaska, as a matter of fact, because of that wrong call in the '96 All Filipino title game on Ravena against Cariaso, Alaska became my most hated team. :D

    But I do respect the 2nd best coach in the league's history. Nobody except for Coach Baby is above the coaching ability of Cone. Good luck to him. I'm pretty sure other teams are burning lines checking for his availability.

    Cone's resignation uncannily coincided with Jerry Sloan's resignation as the Jazz' head coach last season. Both great coaches almost started on the same year at the helm with their respective teams(Alaska '89, Utah Jazz '88).

    Anonymous said...

    I stopped watching the PBA for a while back in the 90's because I knew ALASKA would always win, that's how good they were. Good Luck Coach Tim.

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    arnieakoh said...

    we will miss this line: "awright?!!!". Good luck coach Tim.. Thanks for the memories..

    Anonymous said...

    coach tim to bmeg

    Anonymous said...

    He will be back....

    Anonymous said...

    Yeah, I also hate Alaska because they always beat San Miguel then...hahaha...Bye Coach Tim..God bless you!

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